MOHEGAN LAKE, NY – In October of 2018 the Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a resolution supporting the creation and distribution of special pins to be displayed on the uniforms of local firefighters, police officers and emergency medical service workers who served or are serving in the nation’s armed forced. At Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Mohegan Lake Fire Department, County Legislator John G. Testa, State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and local dignitaries recognized the service of more than 20 volunteer and paid firefighters who served in the United States Military.
Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa said, “We can never do enough to thank and recognize our veterans. I am honored to be able to present area Veterans who are also First Responders the recently created Westchester County Veteran Pin to show our appreciation for their tireless service to both our county and community. They are special individuals who should be thanked and appreciated for their dedication and service to others.”
New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne added, “We are always grateful to our veterans and active military who serve our nation. This occasion was particularly special as we joined our local and county partners in government to honor veterans who continue to serve in Westchester County as a member of emergency services. We honor these brave men and women for their years of service to our nation in the military, as well as their continued service to the community in the Mohegan Lake Fire Department.”
Andrew Cerrato, President of the Mohegan Lake Volunteer Fire Company said, “I would like to thank our past and current members who have served our country in various branches of our military service. May God bless them all!”
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana applauded their past and continued service saying, “I thank County Legislator Testa for bringing this great recognition to Yorktown. Our town is blessed to have such patriotic and passionate individuals who have protected our freedoms and are now serving our community. This was just one small way for us to acknowledge their service and sacrifice.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman agreed saying, “Just last weekend my wife and I were guardians on the Hudson Valley Honor Flight. Anytime we can honor the service of the brave men and women who protect our freedoms we should. I thank County Legislator Testa for taking the lead on this initiative and look forward to our partnership in recognizing similar citizens within our community.”
Matt Slater, former Chief of Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy, praised the honorees saying, “Our community was built with the blood, sweat and tears of incredible citizens like those we honored last night. We thank all of our local veterans for their service to our nation and continue to pray for the safe return of all active military members. It is our responsibility to find innovative ways to ensure our brave warriors receive the acknowledgement and benefits they have clearly earned.”
Similar events are being planned to recognize additional veterans and active military members serving in the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Yorktown Police Department.