Five helped after fire in multi-family Clermont home

CLERMONT—Five people were assisted by the Red Cross following a structure fire that broke out in a multi-family dwelling at 3 Cedar Hill Road, September 23 at 6:48 a.m.

Clermont firefighters and Northern Dutchess Paramedics were initially called to the scene by Columbia 911.

Livingston, Germantown and Tivoli firefighters were placed on standby in quarters.

According to a post on The Clermont Fire Company Official Facebook page, “The homeowner was able to spray water from a garden hose through a window helping knock down the burning contents. Clermont units worked to extinguish remaining fire, remove burned contents from the room, check for extension, and ventilate the structure… At this time the fire is believed to be accidental.”

Volunteers from the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to five people.

The Red Cross provided financial assistance which can be used for necessities such as shelter, food and clothing to two families, consisting of four adults and a 14-year-old child. Volunteers also offered emotional support and comfort kits containing personal care items. In the coming days, Red Cross staff and volunteers will remain available to help those affected by the fire as they navigate the road to recovery.

Columbia County Fire Coordinators assisted on the scene and the Cause and Origin Team was called in to investigate. Firefighters were back in service at 10:22 a.m.

Gallery chronicles 80 years of service

Members of the Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company will be on hand at the company’s 80th anniversary. Photo contributed

CANAAN—The Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company hosts a gallery exhibit at their firehouse, 401 County Route 24, October 2 and 3 to celebrate its 80 years of community service.

Using more than a dozen easels and several tables, the members of the fire company will share the company’s history with meeting minutes, photos, newspaper clippings and assorted memorabilia. Firefighters will be on hand to answer questions and provide anecdotal stories that have been handed down through the generations of men and women who first formed the fire company in 1941.

The fire company’s working 1947 American LaFrance fire truck will be at center stage.

All are welcome to the celebration. Wine and light appetizers will be offered Saturday, October 2 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with a suggested donation of $20/person.

The firehouse will be open again on Sunday, October 3 from noon to 3 p.m., for those who want to browse the exhibit and talk to the members.

Army Cpl. Walter A. Smead makes his way home

CANAAN—After 71 years, Army Cpl. Walter A. Smead came home September 14.

Cpl. Smead served in World War II in the 10th Mountain Division and in Korea, where he was killed in action. He was killed at the age of 24 on the sixth day of a retreat at the Chosin Reservoir December 6, 1951. His remains were turned over to the United States by the North Korean government.

The corporal’s remains arrived at Bradley International Airport and were then escorted to Hadley, Saratoga County, where he was from.

An American flag waves from the Red Rock Fire Company ladder truck as the hearse carrying remains of Cpl. Smead passes through. Photo by R.E. Lindmark 

New York and Massachusetts State Police, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, Patriot Guard and family members were in the procession escorting the corporal’s remains.

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders on hand in Canaan to pay their respects. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

The procession stopped briefly at Love’s Truck Stop on Route 22 in Canaan, where it was met by members of the Canaan Protective Fire Company and the Red Rock Volunteer Fire Company, who displayed the colors.

Canaan Town Supervisor Brenda Adams and Columbia County Director of Veteran’s Services Gary Flaherty, a retired Army Command Sergeant Major, who served in Vietnam, were among those present to honor Cpl. Smead, whose remains were interred at the Gerald B.H. Solomon National Cemetery in Saratoga, September 20.—R.E. Lindmark

Canaan firefighter Elijah Faulkner (l), County Veterans’ Affairs Director Gary Flaherty (c), and a military representative await the Smead hearse. Photo by R.E. Lindmark

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