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Posted on: July 27, 2018

[ARCHIVED] County Executive Neuhaus takes part in Firefighter 1 Graduation


Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus attended the County’s Firefighter 1 graduation ceremony on Thursday night at the County’s Emergency Services Center in Goshen.

Neuhaus was joined at the graduation by Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, Assistant District Attorney Chris Borek, Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey, Deputy Commissioner of Fire Services Vini Tankasali and Orange County Fire Training Chief Jim McCann.

“It was an honor to recognize and congratulate these brave men and women,” said Neuhaus, a past graduate of the County’s Fire Training Program. “We are proud of this year’s Firefighter 1 class and the commitment they have made to their communities. I commend the graduates, along with the training instructors, participating fire departments, and their friends and families on being a part of this impressive achievement.”

This year’s Firefighter 1 graduating class included of 39 men and women from the following County Fire Departments: Bullville, Chester, Circleville, Coldenham, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Cronomer Valley, Fort Montgomery, Goodwill, Goshen, Greenville, Highland Falls, Johnson, Middletown, Monroe, Montgomery, Orange Lake, Port Jervis, Salisbury Mills, Slate Hill, Vails Gate, Warwick and Woodbury. Firefighter 1 is a comprehensive and intensive introductory course required to become an Interior Firefighter.

The course is comprised of 129 classroom hours and additional take home assignments. Courses were taught by Orange County Fire Instructors at the County’s Fire Training Center in New Hampton and also entailed lectures and hands on training sessions.


“We are proud of this year’s Firefighter 1 class and the commitment they have made to their communities,” Tankasali said. “It takes much dedication and effort to become a firefighter and the completion of this course illustrates the commitment and selfless dedication of each of the graduates to their communities throughout the County. I offer my congratulations and best wishes as well as gratitude to them all.”

For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or


Orange County Firefighter 1 Graduates

(July, 2018)

Jon-Paul Brancato, Goshen

David Burtchaell, Cronomer Valley

James Calaca, Bullville

Louie Carlo, Goodwill

Eric Cheesman, Orange Lake

Paul Collins Jr., Chester

Austin Courtney, Warwick

James Fuller Jr., Port Jervis

Peter Gemmati, Monroe

Christine Gray, Montgomery

Frank Hauber, Greenville

Tyler Hennessey, Woodbury

Arla James, Highland Falls

Stephen Lear Jr., Greenville

Kyle Lewis, Middletown

Brian Lichtenhahn, Warwick

Adam Lynch, Orange Lake

Hunter Madison, Johnson

Derrick Maher, Fort Montgomery

Alec Manna, Goshen

Caitlin McGilley, Cornwall-on-Hudson

Megan Metzger, Port Jervis

Justin Mitts, Slate Hill

Daniel Nowicki, Montgomery

Michael Ortiz, Slate Hill

Levi Peres, Fort Montgomery

Ivan Pierre, Woodbury

Edward Poppiti, Vails Gate

Nicholas Russo, Vails Gate

Noah Schneider, Cronomer Valley

Nicholas Seymour, Salisbury Mills

Scott Speckman, Goshen

Denise Stinson, Orange Lake

Nicole Theiss, Woodbury

Thomas Trainor, Cornwall-on-Hudson

Michael Walrad, Vails Gate

Conner Watson, Circleville

Randy Wilson Jr., Cronomer Valley

Michael Wirth, Coldenham