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Scene of heavily advanced fire in Lake Carmel Fire District upon arrival
Photo #8 Scene of heavily advanced fire in Lake Carmel Fire District upon arrival

Hudson Valley Firefighter of the Year 2022

Life Member James Delawder, July 27

Brewster volunteer firefighter Ryan Bonamici was honored on Friday June 16,2023 at the Hudson Valley Fire Convention in Queensbury, New York (near Lake George) as Hudson ValleyFirefighter of the Year.

Second Assistant Chief Steven Miller wrote the following description of the incident:

"On March 8 at about 10:10 p.m., the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to the Lake Carmel Fire ... (Full Story & Photos)

John P. Tarr Scholarship

Life Member James Delawder, July 26

John P. Tarr (Sr.) was born 12/16/1921 and passed away on 11/13/83 (photo #1). He is survived by two sons, John Jr. and Richard. He joined the Brewster Fire Department (BFD) in May of 1960 and was a very active member in the 1960's and 1970's. He was elected President of the BFD from 1964 to 1966. He started the Brewster Fire Department Children's Christmas Party (photos 2&3) and ran the Children's ... (Full Story & Photos)

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John Tarr (Sr.) in Brewster Fire Department uniform.
Photo #1 John Tarr (Sr.) in Brewster Fire Department uniform.

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Robert "Bunky" Burns in Uniform
Photo #1 Robert "Bunky" Burns in Uniform

Robert "Bunky" Burns' Last Call

Life Member James Delawder, January 12

Fifty-three year Brewster Fire Department firefighter, Ex-Captain Robert "Bunky" Burns passed away on December 30,2022. My first remembrance I have of him was his southern drawl on our fire frequency. I was amazed that he was never south of Brewster!

When Bunky was a child, his father had a horse farm in Brewster. The road was called "Pony Road" by the Brewster natives and is now called ... (Full Story & Photos)


Life Member James Delawder, December 28

From the 1800's to the 1950's, Brewster and entire area around it in Putnam County was composed of farms. The majority of these farms raised cows for milk. (I personally remember going to five barn fires in a single night in the late 1970's when Homer Stephen's was Chief). The milk was transported by train to New York City. In 1856, Gail Borden received a patent for condensed milk. He ... (Full Story & Photos)

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July 1993 Brewster Hose Cart on Firehouse Magazine
Photo #1 July 1993 Brewster Hose Cart on Firehouse Magazine

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Photo #9 FLAMES


Life Member James Delawder, November 20

"HELP! SAVE ME!" were the blood curdling screams being heard by a throng of people. The screams were coming from a window on the second floor. There was a white smoky mist emanating from the second floor window. There seemed to be a fire within. The Ladder Company crew, which included Lieutenant Phil McMurray Sr., his son (and future chief) Phil McMurray Jr., and Joe Lanning were some ... (Full Story & Photos)


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