Chief Thomas Larkin (left) presented the Firefighter of The Year award to Firefighter Patrick Kelly as Assistant Chief O’Sullivan and ex-chief Edward Knee look on.
When any organization celebrates its 100th Anniversary, it is time for a great party. The Broad Channel Volunteers celebrated its 100th Anniversary last Thursday with a great party at Russo’s On the Bay in Howard Beach.
Besides presenting the traditional awards to the Firefighter of the Year and the EMT of The Year, all of the past chief’s of department were honored and Congressman Anthony Weiner brought a surprise – there is $1 million in the Transportation Bill passed just that day by the House of Representatives for the construction of a new firehouse for the volies. The old firehouse on Noel Road is as old as the organization itself. The bill still has to pass the Senate and be signed by the president, but Weiner’s message cheered the large crowd.
The Breezy Point Pipes led the Broad Channel Volies in a solemn procession into the hall.
Thomas Larkin was installed as the chief and Patrick O’Sullivan as Assistant Chief.
|Business President Ed O’Hare speaks to the crowd as Chief Larkin looks on.Father John Wtulich, the volie’s chaplin, gives the benediction.Chief Larkin and Assistant Chief O’Sullivan lead the department into the dinner.The business officers are installed, including Ed O’Hare, Michael Delgado, Ruth Nocerino, Pete Borriello and Janine Ganas.Chief Larkin and Assistant Chief O’Sullivan flank FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scarpeta, who presented a proclamation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The department’s fire officers, including Brian Williams, Frank Bassetti, Richard Bogart, Pete Borriello, Brian Leonard and Ed Wilmarth III are installed. Williams in a Captain, the other, Lieutenants.Brian Williams is presented with the EMT of the Year Award as the other officers look on.|