The Mount Vernon Fire Department hosted its annual Fire Appreciation Ceremony, a cherished tradition that aligns perfectly with Fire Prevention Month in October. This event holds great significance as it is a heartfelt tribute to the brave firefighters who have gone above and beyond in performing life-saving actions and preventing the destruction of property. It's a moment to acknowledge their dedication and courage in the face of danger.
This year, the Mount Vernon Fire Department celebrated the well-deserved retirements of three remarkable individuals who have collectively devoted 84 years of service to safeguarding the City of Mount Vernon. F.F. Edward A. Smith, with 26 years of service, F.F. Charles Schementi served for an impressive 32 years, and Frederick Love dedicated 26 years to the department. These retirees have exemplified an unwavering commitment to their duty, and their retirement is a testament to their enduring legacy of service.
The Mount Vernon Fire Department also took the opportunity to express their deep gratitude to neighboring fire departments that have extended mutual aid from Yonkers, Pelham, Pelham Manor, New Rochelle, and Eastchester. Their unwavering support and collaborative efforts have played a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of the Mount Vernon community. In a world where unity and cooperation are paramount, these acts of kindness remind us that we are all together when it comes to keeping our community safe.