Bethlehem’s first responders were honored Monday, March 3, at the annual Community Awards event presented by the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post 1040 in Bethlehem. The awards are given annually to members of the town’s police, fire and EMS who showed exemplary service throughout the prior year.
Photo by Marcy Velte.
continued “This is the point in time when the mutual aid system that we all worked so hard to put together worked, as firefighters from five neighboring departments, along with EMS personnel from within the town, gathered to do as they have been trained and saved a life,” said Sleurs.
Despite their efforts, the resident eventually died from her injuries several days later after being transferred to the Westchester Burn Center.
The fire departments came together to present the Fire Services Lifesaving Award to all those emergency personnel who helped in that fire, for their “courage, bravery, and selfless actions.” The departments also recognized Sleurs for his own heroism for being the first on scene to enter the structure.
Awards were presented to:
Bethlehem Police Department’s detectives in the Special Services Unit:
Detective Sergeant Adam Hormick, and Detectives Charles Radlift, Geral Young, James Cross, Chad Rice, Michael Whiteley and Kenneth Beck.
Delmar/Bethlehem Volunteer EMS: Kelly VanDyke
Delmar Fire Department: Drew Anderson, Andy Morris and Tim Haverly
Elsmere Fire Department: Lt. Marc Futia
Selkirk Fire Department: Assistant Chief Steven Hummel, Barry Morehouse and former Capt. Kevin Craft
Slingerlands Fire Department: Capt. Ryan McConky
Town of Bethlehem Services: Telecommunicators Melissa Powell and Brent Dragon
Albany County Sheriff’s EMS: Davin Krzykowski, Tim Playford, Anand Balasar and David Ainspan