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Oral History Interviews with Members of
The Port Washington Volunteer Fire Department

Fifty-eight current and past members of the Port Washington Fire Department sat down individually with interviewers from the Local History Center of the Port Washington Public Library. The “memoirists” (as they are known), whose span of service ranges from under two years to over sixty years, shared recollections of their unique experiences as volunteers in the fire department. They are listed below alphabetically, each containing the full text of the member’s interview along with a brief audio excerpt.

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In their own words ...


Christina Alexander

Christina Alexander
Fire Medic
Company No. 1

Member since 1994
 

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Donald J. Alexander

Donald J. Alexander
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1991
 

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Anthony Augustino

Anthony Augustino
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1941
 

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Larry Bergun

Lawrence R. Bergun
Fire Medic
Company No. 1

Member since 1984
 

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Christopher Bollerman

Christopher Bollerman
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1986
Chief of Dept 2003-2005

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Daniel Robert Buettner

Daniel Robert Buettner
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 2002
 

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Paul Carpenter

Paul Carpenter
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1975
 

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Charles D. Cella

Charles D. Cella
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1966
 

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Walter J. Clark

Walter J. Clark
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1980
 

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Ex-Chief Geoffrey P. Cole

Geoffrey P. Cole
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1975
Chief of Dept 1993-1995

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Gerry Crooker

Gerry Crooker
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since1932
 

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Donald F. Curtin

Donald F. Curtin
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1957
 

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Thomas Cycan

Thomas Cycan
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1991
 

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Virginia Duncan

Virginia Duncan
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Auxiliary Member since 1942
 

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Tina Ellerby

Tina Ellerby
Fire Medic
Company No. 1

Member since 1980
 

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Frederick Falconer Jr

Frederick Falconer Jr.
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1968
 

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John R. Fico

John R. Fico
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1960
 

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Laurence Hatton

Laurence Hatton
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1963
 

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Deborah Henderson

Deborah Henderson
Fire Medic
Company No. 1

Member since 1999
 

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Ex-Chief James A. Interdonati

James A. Interdonati
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1968
Chief of Dept 1997-1999

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Robert Johnston

Robert Johnston
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1956
 

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Janet Kimmerly

Janet Kimmerly
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1983
 

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Donald A. Kurz

Donald A. Kurz
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1972
 

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Ex-Chief Charles J. Lang

Charles J. Lang
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1958
Chief of Dept 1987-1989

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Stephen C. Leeolou

Stephen C. Leeolou
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1948
 

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Louise Ligeri

Louise Ligeri
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Auxiliary Member since 1957
 

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George R. Mahoney

George R. Mahoney
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1937
 

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Tom Mahoney

Tom Mahoney
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1930
 

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Walter Martinek

Walter Martinek
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1968
 

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John T. Murray

John T. Murray
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1949
 

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Ex-Chief Thomas J. Murray, Jr.

Thomas J. Murray, Jr.
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1965
Chief of Dept 1981-1983

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John Murro

John Murro
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1971
 

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John Olszewski

John Olszewski
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1981
 

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Frank Pavlak

Frank Pavlak
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1971
 

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Ex-Chief Glen Pedersen

Glen Pedersen
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1987
Chief of Dept 2005-2007

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Joseph Pennetti

Joseph Pennetti
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1958
 

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Julius A. Picardi

Julius A. Picardi
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1947
 

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Mike Pickering

Mike Pickering
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1974
 

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Beverly Reese

Beverly Reese
Fire Medic
Company No. 1

Member since 1979
 

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Robert Reese, Jr.

Robert Reese, Jr.
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1958
 

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John J. Ross

John J. Ross
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1980
 

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Raymond Ryan

Raymond Ryan
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1982
 

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Daniel S. Salerno

Daniel S. Salerno
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1985
 

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Ex-Chief John E. Salerno, Sr.

John E. Salerno, Sr.
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1961
Chief of Dept 1991-1993

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Michael Sawka

Michael Sawka
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1953
 

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Thomas J. Tobin

Thomas J. Tobin
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1965
 

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Ex-Chief Walter L. Trapp

Walter L. Trapp
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1971
Chief of Dept 2001-2003

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Jacqueline Walters
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Auxiliary Member since 1968
 

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Chief John Walters III

John Walters III
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1986
Chief of Dept 2007-2009

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Brian Waterson

Brian Waterson
Atlantic Hook & Ladder
Company No. 1

Member since 1996
 

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Jane Weiss

Jane Weiss
Fire Medic
Company No. 1

Member since 1984
 

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Richard Wood

Richard Wood
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1955
 

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Scott Wood

Scott Wood
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1987
 

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Salvatore Zimbardi

Salvatore Zimbardi
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1961
 

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Virgil Zirpolo

Virgil Zirpolo
Flower Hill Hose
Company No. 1

Member since 1958
 

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Peter J. Zwerlein

Peter J. Zwerlein
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1969
Chief of Dept 1989-1991

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William C. Zwerlein

William C. Zwerlein
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1946
 

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William G. Zwerlein

William G. Zwerlein
Protection Engine
Company No. 1

Member since 1961
Chief of Dept 1983-1985

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Memoirists attending the Port Washington Fire Department oral history presentation ceremony held at the Port Washington Public Library on April 14, 2007.