On Sunday, May 12, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined with members of the Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association in a ceremony to unveil a new junior firefighter’s monument at Eisenhower Park – in honor of the group’s 10th anniversary.
The Junior Firefighters Association members conceived the idea of leaving a legacy nearly two years ago – to inspire ongoing volunteer participation from future young firefighters. County Executive Mangano recommended the monument be placed in Eisenhower Park.
The members of the Association are sponsored by volunteer fire departments in more than 40 communities in Nassau County – and was created to bring together all of the Junior Fire Departments throughout Nassau County, to promote camaraderie and community service, and to allow members to train with other departments. It’s the only organization of its kind in the United States.
“This monument will serve as a symbol of our community’s gratitude, as well as a reward to all of the Junior Firefighters and Explorers in Nassau County for their dedication and hard work,” County Executive Mangano said, as he commended the young firefighters at the ceremony. “I am encouraged that at such a young age you’ve, made a commitment to serve your community and its people in such a special way.”
The new monument is Terrazzo stone, paid for by donations from Nassau County fire departments & organizations, junior and Explorer groups, friends and family.
Sunday’s ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors – by a group of teenaged Association officers. It was followed by the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums; Pledge of Allegiance; Opening Prayer – and the welcome by Jerry Presta NCJFA Chairman.
Among those joining the County Executive, and junior firefighters, at the monument’s unveiling were Presiding Officer Legislator Norma Gonsalves; new Nassau County Fire Commission Chairman, Denis Collins; Nassau County Chief Fire Marshal, Scott D. Tusa; VEEB Board Chairman, Phil Malloy; and National Volunteer Fire Council, Rachel Buczynski
County Executive Mangano said in closing, that the training and safety of Nassau’s firefighters and emergency responders have always been one of his administration’s top priorities.
“Friends, I can think of no more worthy of a cause then to support our firefighters and first responders,” he said. “Heroism, valor and sacrifice are just three words to describe the dedication of each and every firefighter. Nassau County volunteer firefighters are the best in the nation, and that is due to the hard work and dedication that they put into protecting our residents, homes and property. Firefighters wake up and respond to emergencies with a single goal: protecting the public without concern for their own safety.”