Firemen’s group elects officers


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
Jan. 24.


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