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Rest In Peace Chief Palmer

Years of Service 1982 - 2024

 

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Rest In Peace Chief Tom Palmer

Life Member James Delawder, February 22

REST IN PEACE CHIEF TOM PALMER

It is with deep regret that the Brewster fire Department announces the tragic and untimely death of past Chief and past Commissioner Thomas H. Palmer.

In my almost fifty years as a member of the Brewster Fire Department, he had the most difficult calls of any Chief. As an Assistant Chief, he was at the scene of a horrific accident ... (Full Story & Photos)

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    Chief Thomas "TP" Palmer
Photo #1 Chief Thomas "TP" Palmer

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Complaint by Chief (1972-1974) Louis Gasparini
Photo #3 Complaint by Chief (1972-1974) Louis Gasparini

RUN TOWARDS THE TRAIN!

Life Member James Delawder, January 09

" RUN TOWARDS THE TRAIN!" was the shouted order given by Chief Thomas Hughes. He was Chief from 1982 to 1985. During those years, we frequently had brush fires by the railroad tracks just south of the Brewster Railroad station. The train engines were FL 9's (Photos # 1 & 2) and sparks could be generated by the engine and/or the axles of the passenger cars. The FL 9 locomotives could run on ... (Full Story & Photos)

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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)

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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

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

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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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)

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

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