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Posted on: December 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] County Executive Neuhaus Commends Firefighter 1 Graduates


Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus attended the County’s Firefighter 1 graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 18th at the 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.

“We are proud of this year’s Firefighter 1 class and the commitment they have made to their communities,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, a past graduate of the County’s Fire Training Program. “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 men and women from the following County Fire Departments: Campbell Hall, Chester, Cronomer Valley, Fort Montgomery, Greenwood Lake, Highland Falls, Howells, Mechanicstown, Middle Hope, Middletown, Monroe, New Windsor, Orange Lake, Otisville, Pine Bush, Pocatello, Port Jervis, Salisbury Mills, Silver Lake South Blooming Grove, Vails Gate, Washingtonville, Washington Heights and Warwick. 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 their dedication to service,” Tankasali said. “It takes commitment and hard work to become a firefighter, and the completion of this course illustrates the willingness of each of the graduates to do what it takes to serve their communities. 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, December 2019

Campbell Hall

James Pace


Kyle Braun

Jesse Zapata

Cronomer Valley

Owen Scott

Fort Montgomery

Matthew McCue

Connor Salva


Casey Grey

Greenwood Lake

Jason Jennings

Andrew Townsend

Ritvars Zuks

Highland Falls

Emily Green


Anthony Henderson


Marc Armato

William Hills III

Middle Hope

Jacob Nelson


Dustyn Ryder

Leighton Williams

Michael Yutesler


Michael Aiello

John Fox

Joseph Mazzucco

Ryan Miller

Sean Rumler

Domenic Terracino


Joseph Balzano

Angie Desmond

Calvin Loadholt Jr.

New Windsor

Matthew Babcock

Anthony Napoli

Orange Lake

William Gooler

Benny Lucchese Sr.


Kriztian-James Stevens

Pine Bush

Jorge Gonzalez-Amaya

Gavin Montanye


Dawn Morrissey

Port Jervis

Dustin Sebring

Salisbury Mills

Myles McGrail

Tristan Katzmann

Lawrence Wood

Silver Lake

James Blair

Luis Salazar

South Blooming Grove

Mark Pozobut

Vails Gate

Gale Dingwell

Michael Farbent Jr.


Kaitlyn Wendel

Washington Heights

Kelsey Petrick


Michael Alsdorf

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