New York Volunteers Meet
The 52nd annual convention of the Western New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association was brought to a close at Mount Morris, N. Y. on July 25 with a parade of 100 units of bands, drum Corps, fire companies and equipment, representing 14 counties in the western section of New York State. This was the largest parade ever seen in this Livingston County village.
The convention opened July 24 with a business meeting at the Mount Morris High School with president J. Frederick Beuerlein, presiding. Convention Chairman Frank J. Lopez officially opened the meeting and Craig C. Shurtleff, Mayor, and former Fire Chief, welcomed the firemen to the village. Beside the regular order of business an address to the delegates was given by Chief Gil Jenkins, Caledonia, on the Mutual Aid Program of Livingston County, of which he is the Coordinator. In the afternoon some 500 delegates were entertained at a picnic and a tour to the Mount Morris Dam in the Genesee River, the largest flood control dam in New York State.
The business sessions were resumed Wednesday morning with the following officers being elected; Harland Pope, Williamsville president; Harold E. Barrett, Greece, 1st Vice president; Fred Miller, Tonawanda, 2nd vice-president; James H. Surridge, Industry, secretary and Charles F. Irwin, Albion, treasurer. Albert J. Foley, Dunkirk attorney for the New York State Volunteer Firemen, addressed the meeting and gave his report on the legislature program of the state regarding the volunteer firemen. State Senator John H. Cooke, Alden, gave an interesting address about the Civil Defense program in New York State. The principal speaker of the convention was the Honorable James M. Mead, chairman of the Federal Trades Commission. Mr. Mead, a former U. S. Senator, who was born in Mount Morris, urged convention delegates not to relax their efforts toward a strong America, whatever the outcome of the present cease-fire negotiations in Korea.
Other highlights of the business meeting was the voting of the Western New York Association to contribute the sum of $12,000 for the expansion of the N. Y. State Firemen’s Home at Hudson, N. Y. and the awarding of the 1952 convention of the association to Williamsville, N. Y. The delegates also went on record of favoring the legalization of benefit bingo games for nonprofit organizations in New York State.