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Fireman Ed Passes Away

Life Member James Delawder, August 01

The Brewster Fire Department (BFD) regrets to announce that life member Ed Hojnacki has passed away. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Church in Brewster, NY on August 20,2022 at 10 AM. He was a member of the department for fifty-three years. He joined the Brewster Fire Department on August 5,1969. and died on August 1,2022. He was a former Captain of the Ambulance (1974-1978), Chief of ... (Full Story & Photos)

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"Firemen Ed" Hojnacki
Photo #1 "Firemen Ed" Hojnacki

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Life Member James Delawder, July 27

It was July 29,1997 and former Chief Bill Rieg and I were sitting in the day room that Tuesday afternoon. It was approximately 3:30 PM. Over the monitor, the Sheriff's Department (then called 40 Control) said there was an explosion at the Bum Steer Restaurant. The Bum Steer was a popular steak house and bar on RT 121 that was close to the Connecticut border. At first I did not believe my ears. ... (Full Story & Photos)


Life Member James Delawder, June 14

It was June 22, 1997.

I vividly remember responding on the Ladder Truck as its Captain. We were passing Putnam County Savings Bank just before 2AM. The temperature on the bank said it was over 90 degrees and it was humid. Little did I know that this was to be the worst day for me and the Brewster Fire Department. Michael Neuner (photo #1) was one of my Ladder Truck Lieutenants. He was responding ... (Full Story & Photos)

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Photo by Frank Becerra
Funeral procession marching to St. Lawrence Church on Prospect Street
Photo #2 Photo by Frank Becerra Funeral procession marching to St. Lawrence Church on Prospect Street

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COVID sign on BFD doors
Photo #8 COVID sign on BFD doors


Life Member James Delawder, March 23

A Chief is presented during his tenure with many unforeseen predicaments. Being a Chief can be something to take pride in and it can be also be aggravating. A Chief serves the entire community. What reward does the Chief receive? Pride in a job well done, prestige, the honor of being called "Chief", a Chief's car to drive to calls, a few fun parades , and an Installation dinner. This may seem ... (Full Story & Photos)


Life Member James Delawder, February 23

The Village of Brewster, New York is surrounded by reservoirs. They were built from 1890 -1915. Before they were built, a number of people in NYC died because of tainted water. The reservoirs are named the Croton Falls Reservoir, The Diverting Reservoir, The Bog Brook Reservoir (also called the Sodom Reservoir), The Middlebranch Reservoir, and the East Branch Reservoir. The water is supplied by the ... (Full Story & Photos)

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