The 128th annual meeting of the Volunteer Firemen’s Benevolent Association was held at Rome Elks Lodge Jan. 13.
The slate of officers elected for 2018 are as follows: Edward Palinski, president, 14 consecutive years.; Robert Schaller, first vice president; Rick Seifert, second vice president; and Keith Townsend, secretary-treasurer.
Of the association’s 97 members, 60 were in attendance at the meeting. Elected trustees from the fire departments are as follows:
Rome Hook & Ladder Co. 1: Chief Sean McLaughlin, two years; and John Aiello, two years. Fort Stanwix Hose Co. 1: Jerry Maurer, two years; and Doug Jones, two years.
Franklyn Hubbard was honored for his 69 years of service to Fort Stanwix Hose Co. 1 and his 38-year membership in the benevolent association. He celebrates his 100th birthday on