FASNY Announces Winner of Statewide Community Service Award

This coming weekend, Newfane resident and Miller Hose Fire Company member Martin (Marty) Horanburg will be presented with the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Fire Service Community Achievement Award recognizing his tireless efforts to give back to his community.

The award presentation will take place on Sunday July 20th at 1 PM at the Miller Hose Fire Company picnic ground – 6161 McKee St. Newfane N.Y

For nearly 50 years, Marty Horanburg has dedicated himself to the residents of the Town of Newfane as a member of the Miller Hose Company Volunteer Fire Department. He has had a long and distinguished career as a firefighter, holding various offices including 2nd Assistant Chief, Assistant Chief, Fire Chief, Assistant Treasurer and Vice President. In addition, Marty was named Miller Hose Firefighter of the Year in 1981. Although he does not currently hold an office, he is an active member of numerous organizational and fundraising committees within the Department.

However, it is his volunteer efforts outside the firehouse which have garnered this statewide recognition by FASNY. In fact, in addition to his full-time employment and volunteer firefighting efforts, Marty keeps up a schedule that would rival individuals many decades his junior.

“You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who dedicates themselves as much as Marty to their community. He is a true inspiration and the definition of volunteer,” said FASNY President James Burns. “I can’t think of a better representative of FASNY and a more deserving candidate for this award.”

He currently sits on Eastern Niagara Hospital Board of Directors, is a member of the Town of Newfane Business Association, the Newfane Sports Booster Club, and is known as the “Voice of Newfane,” in his role as the volunteer announcer for all Newfane High School Basketball and Football games.

He was a volunteer coach and game day emcee for more than a decade at the New Will Ran Youth Football Program; where he also served as President. He is currently a 35-year member of the Newfane Lions Club where he coordinates the annual Easter Egg Hunt, volunteers for the Breakfast with Santa and is a Swim for Sight volunteer. For his efforts, he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2001, the highest honor bestowed by the Lions Club for volunteerism and brotherhood.

For the past 15 years, Horanburg has played an active role in the revival of the Olcott Carousel Park and volunteers weekly during the summer as a ticket counter.

All of these volunteer efforts began when as an 18 year old high school graduate from Barker High School Marty joined the United States Navy and proudly served his country for four years.

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