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Croton Firefighters Remember Fallen On Memorial Day

Members of the Croton Fire Department's Washington Engine Company No. 2 pay tribute to fallen members of the armed forces and of the fire company during Memorial Day services Monday.
Members of the Croton Fire Department's Washington Engine Company No. 2 pay tribute to fallen members of the armed forces and of the fire company during Memorial Day services Monday. Photo Credit: Croton Fire Department

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Croton firefighters from Washington Engine Company No. 2 gathered with family and friends Monday to remember members of the armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dozens of people also came to the firehouse on North Riverside Avenue on Memorial Day to remember members of the company who have passed away.

Ceremonies were led by the company’s president, Joe Streany.

The list of fallen firefighters was read by past chiefs Stephen Dominello, John Munson, and Art Roosa Jr.

This year’s event was dedicated to two past captains, Louis Giglio and Elwood "Skip" Munson, both of whom have died since last Memorial Day.

The company also remembered Elwood "Woody" Munson, "Skip" Munson's son, an associate member, who died recently.

Also mentioned was Croton native Richard Pusatere, who was posthumously appointed as an honorary member at the fire company’s May 23 meeting.

The 34-year-old was chief engineer of the El Faro, a 790-foot cargo ship that sank in the Bahamas with all 33 crew members aboard on Oct. 1, 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin.

Pusatere was a graduate of Archbishop Stepinac High School and SUNY Maritime College.

His father, Frank, placed a ceremonial wreath in his son's honor at the fire company’s memorial.

Prayers were read by fire chaplains Judy Anderson and Jon Coyne, as well as Assistant Chief Chris Pesavento and former member Maureen Munson.

The company recognized members for their dedication, the number of years they’ve served, and for answering the most alarms in 2015.

Special recognition was made to Robert Anderson Jr., as a new member of the "50-Year Member Club."

Also present at the ceremony were the department’s most senior members, Donald "Tex" Fagan and John Giglio.

Other anniversaries recognized included: Art Roosa Jr., who has served 30 years; Chris Colombo and John Munson, 20 years each; and Matt Stewart, five years.

A "Captain's Award" was presented to Chris Rinaldi, as the member who went above and beyond in 2015.

The department also asked everyone present to remember current members of the armed forces, especially Kyle and Matt Mallory, who are both serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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