PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Vails Gate Fire District will hold their July monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., rather than July 5, 2021 as previously noticed. The meeting will be held at the Vails Gate Firehouse, located at 872 Blooming Grove Turnpike (Route 94), Vails Gate, New York.
LAURIE SEYMOUR, SECRETARY VAILS GATE FIRE DISTRICT
It is with deep regret that the Vails Gate Fire Department announce the passing of Firefighter Alec Tannenbaum. He was 29 years old. In addition to being an active volunteer member with Vails Gate, he was also worked as a Federal firefighter for the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
FF Tannenbaum had completed his on-duty shift with West Point Fire Department on the morning of August 4, 2020. During the afternoon, he responded to numerous alarms with the Vails Gate Fire Department. He assisted with the clearing of many downed trees that were the result of damage inflicted by Hurricane Isaias.
FF Tannenbaum was found unresponsive in his home on the evening of August 4, 2020. He was transported by New Windsor EMS to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, but sadly he was unable to be revived. His passing is being investigated as a possible Line of Duty Death.
Prior to beginning his career in the fire service, Alec proudly served his country as a United States Marine. He served 2 tours in Afghanistan, and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat.
FF Tannenbaum joined the Vails Gate Fire Department in February of 2016. He quickly became an integral part of the department, showing an aptitude and enthusiasm for learning the job, and a willingness to do whatever was needed.
On June 18, 2018, Alec was hired as a career firefighter with the West Point Fire Department. He was readily accepted into the ranks, where his abilities as a firefighter were quickly recognized. He took every opportunity to learn as much about the job as possible. Alec had an ultimate goal to become a New York City firefighter, and had taken the exam and was due to be appointed to upcoming FDNY class.
Alec also had a great sense of humor, willing to be the brunt of many jokes but also able to dish it out in turn, which made him beloved in the brotherhood of both departments that he served in. He enthusiastically applied himself to everything he did, whether it was being a firefighter, physical fitness, helping his community, or just enjoying life.
The officers and members of the Vails Gate Fire Department wish to extend their deepest condolences to the Tannenbaum family, as well as to Alec’s extended family at the West Point Fire Department and the United States Marine Corps. Alec proudly served his country and his community with everything he had. Most importantly, he was a friend and brother to us all, and will be sorely missed.
Vails Gate Fire Department Chief J.D. Merritt
Vails Gate Fire Company President Michele Bender
NOTICE OF ANNUAL ELECTION
VAILS GATE FIRE DISTRICT
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Annual Election of the Vails Gate Fire District will take place on December 10, 2019, between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. at the firehouse located at Route 94 (Blooming Grove Turnpike), Vails Gate, New York for the following purpose:
To elect one (1) Fire District Commissioner for a five (5) year term commencing January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2024.
All residents of the Vails Gate Fire District, who are duly registered to vote with the Orange County Board of Elections on or before November 18, 2019 shall be entitled to vote at this election.
Any person desiring to have his or her name appear on the ballot for the above office must have filed a petition, signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified electors of the Fire District, with the Secretary of the Fire District, not later than November 20, 2019.
LAURIE SEYMOUR, SECRETARY
VAILS GATE FIRE DISTRICT
On Saturday, December 21st(snow/rain date Sun. 22nd), the Vails Gate Fire Department will once again be escorting Santa Claus on his annual tour of our district and handing out candy canes to children. We will also be collecting canned and non-perishable food items to benefit the Town of New Windsor Food Pantry. The food pantry is in desperate need of assistance, as many local families are in need of help. Last year the food pantry was able to assist numerous local families. Any donations will be greatly appreciated!
Santa will be starting out around 10 am and will appear at various locations in the district throughout the day. The Vails Gate Fire District protects the following areas: Along Route 94 from Erie Ave. up to ½ mile past Mt. Airy Rd., along Route 32 from Union Ave. to Orrs Mills Rd. in Cornwall, along Union Ave. from Rt. 32 to the Town of Newburgh line, and all along Route 207 out to Hampton Court. If you unsure if you live in the Vails Gate Fire District, please contact the firehouse at 561-9729.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we may not be able to go down every street, but if you hear us come through your neighborhood, please escort your children down to the corner to see Santa. Dead end and narrow streets are particularly difficult for us to navigate safely. We will make every effort to cover as much ground as possible. In the event of inclement weather, we will reschedule for Sunday, December 22. Thank you for your continued support!