On Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m., the Exchange Club of Yonkers will be hosting their Annual Fire Prevention Dinner. The event will be held at Olde Stone Mill Restaurant at 2 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe, New York. Tickets are $65.00 per person.
This year’s dinner will posthumously honor Firefighter Antonio Rodriques, a twelve year veteran of the Yonkers Fire Department who passed away in early August. Firefighter Rodriques, who was recognized six times with departmental commendations during his career, will be honored as “Firefighter of the Year.”
The Exchange Club recognizes that a fire can spread in an instant, changing lives forever. The “Firefighter of the Year’ Award is designed to honor extraordinary firefighters and to enable the public to see a clearer view of what firefighting work is all about.
Exchange, America’s Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our community a better place to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Special recognition will be given to Firefighter Barry McGoey, president of Yonkers Firefighters Local 628, and Lieutenant John Halpin, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized by the Exchange Club of Yonkers,” said Mr. McGoey. “It is each and every Yonkers Firefighter however who deserves special thanks for their hard work and dedication in protecting the citizens of the great City of Yonkers — especially firefighters like Antonio Rodriques, whose sacrifice is an example to us all.”
Yonkers Firefighters Local 628 represents 322 rank and file firefighters in the City of Yonkers. In addition to fires, Yonkers Firefighters are the first responders to medical emergencies, building and scaffolding collapses, downed electrical lines, gas and carbon monoxide leaks and serious truck and vehicular accidents on the multiple highways cutting through the fourth largest city in New York State.