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by Charles Halpin
GFD Chiefs 1878 to the Present
Disastrous Fires and Events
Please contact Charles Halpin, 315-287-1197 or email chalpin24@hotmail.com if you have additional
information to be added to this history, or if you notice any corrections that should be made.
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The Gouverneur Fire Department was officially organized and chartered by the State of New York under the name "Gouverneur Hose Company No.1" on January 29, 1878. Edgar H. Drake was elected as Chief and the department located in the new brick fire house on Clinton Street.

YEARS SERVED-----------------------NAME-------------------------------------COMPANY

1878-1882-----------------------------Edgar Drake------------------------------Hose Co.1

(October 1, 1880- first use of the steam pumper at a major fire)

1882-1884----------------------Henry Rogers-----------------------------Hose Co. 1

1884-1888*-------------------- Frank Lavasseur-------------------------- Hose Co. 1

1888-1891----------------------Frank Cox --------------- Hose Co. 1 & Hose Co. 2

(1891-Hose Company No. 2 formed)

1891-1892* -------------------George Ormiston---------------------- Hose Co. 1

1892-1893*--------------------John McCarty---------------------------Hose Co. 1

1893-1894*--------------------Bradley Barney--------------------------Hose Co. 1

( 1894- Rescue Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 formed)

1894-1895*---------------------Cyrenus Vail----------------------------- Hose Co. 1

1895-1896----------------------Albert Hill-------------------------------Hose Co. 2

1896-1899----------------------Alexis Whitney-------------------------Hose Co. 2

1899-1905----------------------Dexter Leggett--------------------------Hose Co. 1

1905-1906*--------------------- Thomas White--------------------------RH&L Co.

1906-1907 ----------------------William Green--------------------------Hose Co. 2

1907 -1908----------------------George Robinson---------------------- Hose Co. 1

1908-1909----------------------Edwin Leahy-----------------------------RH&L Co.

1909-1910* ----------------------George Clifford------------------------ Hose Co. 2

1910-1911---------------------- Robert Rutherford --------------------- Hose Co. 1

1911-1912----------------------James Frawley----------------------------RH&L Co.

1912-1913 ---------------------- Truman Wells--------------------------- Hose Co. 2

1913-1914---------------------- William Hayden--------------------------Hose Co. 1

1914-1917 ---------------------- Wheeler Smith--------------------------- RH&L Co.

1917-1920---------------------- Dallas Hazelton------------------------- Hose Co. 2

1920-1922---------------------- Warner Miller----------------------------Hose Co. 1

1922-1923---------------------- Mason Hopper-------------------------- RH&L Co.

1923 -1925 ----------------------George Cottrell------------------------- Hose Co. 2

(1924- Municipal Building purchased and Department locates in basement)

1925-1927 ----------------------Robert Boulet ------------------------- Hose Co. 1

1927 -1928----------------------Garfield Burleigh----------------------- RH&L Co.

1928-1929----------------------Charles Dunkelburg--------------------- RH&L Co.

1929-1933----------------------Ashton Liscum------------------------- Hose Co. 1

1933-1940----------------------James Wilson--------------------------- Hose Co. 1

(1934- all fire apparatus now on main floor of Municipal Building)

1940-1943---------------------- Yale Gates-------------------------------RH&L Co.

1943-1945----------------------Stewart McCullough, Sr.--------------Hose Co. 1

1945-1949----------------------Everett Stevenson----------------------Hose Co. 2

1949-1951----------------------Linley Porter----------------------------Hose Co. 2

1951-1953---------------------- Ernest Washburn-----------------------Hose Co. 2

1953-1956----------------------Earl Dier---------------------------------Hose Co. 1

1956-1958----------------------John Halpin------------------------------RH&L Co.

1958-1959----------------------lrving Brown---------------------------- Hose Co. 2

1959-1961----------------------Kermit Johnson------------------------Hose Co. 1

1961-1964---------------------- Kenneth Taylor------------------------ Hose Co. 2

1964-1966---------------------- Winston McHeffey--------------------RH&L Co.

1966-1968---------------------- Laurence Graves---------------------- Hose Co. 1

1968-1970----------------------Americo Marchione------------------Hose Co. 2

1970-1973---------------------- Bernard Tharrett ---------------------- RH&L Co.

1973-1975---------------------- Fredrick Hopper---------------------- Hose Co. 2

1975 -1977 ---------------------- Richard Sterling ---------------------- RH&L Co.

(1976-Municipal Building remodeled to present day status)

1977 -1979----------------------Phil Y oung----------------------------- Hose Co. 2

1979-1981----------------------Barry Gale------------------------------ Hose Co. 1

1981-1982----------------------Stephen Hayden-----------------------Hose Co. 2

1982-1984----------------------Charles Halpin------------------------- Hose Co. 1

1984-1986----------------------Jack Green------------------------------RH&L Co.

1986-1988----------------------Robert Dier----------------------------- Hose Co. 1

1988-1990----------------------John Washburn, Sr.-------------------- Hose Co. 2

1990-1991---------------------- Larry Whitton, Sr. --------------------- Hose Co. 1

1991-1993----------------------John Washburn, Sr.-------------------- Hose Co. 2

1993-1995----------------------Dale Johnson--------------------------- Hose Co. 2

1995-1996---------------------- Dorwin Gore---------------------------- Hose Co. 1

1996-1998----------------------Lonny Scott----------------------------- RH&L Co.

1998-2000---------------------- Larry Whitton, Jr. ---------------------- Hose Co. 1

2000-2002---------------------- Fredrick Delosh------------------------ Hose Co. 1

2002-2003----------------------Richard Aldridge--------------------------RH&L Co.

2003 -2005---------------------- Vincent Ferry --------------------------- RH&L Co.

2005-2008----------------------Robert Gleason----------------------------Hose Co. 2

(2007-Department moves to new station on Route 11, South)

2008-2009---------------------- Rick Sibley------------------------------ Hose Co. 2

2009-present----------------------Steve Young----------------------------RH&L Co.

( * dates cannot be officially documented)

The above men have spent many hours and worked their way through the Department ranks to become Chief of the Department but there are many others who have spent countless hours in all kinds of weather day and night to serve and protect the lives and property of the people of the Gouverneur area with the only reward being consciousness of work well done.

Without these people the Gouverneur Fire Department could not have remained and grew stronger as one of the oldest and continuous organizations in our community.


Sources:

Gouverneur Fire Department; Meeting minutes, records and annual reports.

Gouverneur 1805 - Sesqui-Centennial History - 1955, article by Gordon Butler.

Nelson Winters, past Village of Gouverneur historian from his research, notes and articles.

The Gouverneur Tribune-Press; articles and "Looking back at yesterday .... " history items by Sandy Wyman.

Last revised January 2012

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