Thank You Letter

At the June meeting of the James R. Hickey, Post #120, Department of New York the Port Gibson Vol. Fire Dept. represented by Chief Scott DeCook, and Assistant Chiefs Doug Wilcox and John Wood offered their sincere thanks and presented a Certificate of  Appreciation to the Post for their assistance during the devastating block fire in Palmyra in May of 2013. Gary (Barney) Klaeysen, Post Commander; Jim Arthurton, Post member; and Amber Jenkins, Director of Operations, were recognized for their quick response to the needs of the firemen and fire-women who were battling that hot smokey blaze that had engulfed a block of the village.  Acting instinctively, the Post mobilized its resources by providing ice, water and other supplies to the ambulance rehab area to help treat fire personnel who were being checked for heat  and dehydration issues.  Additionally, Post 120 had organized a relief effort for the displaced persons who had been living in the devastated block.

Copy of letter from the Port Gibson Fire Dept.

May 20, 2013

Palmyra American Legion Post #120
Cuyler Street
Palmyra, New York, 14522

Dear Commander:

On behalf of the Port Gibson Volunteer Fire Department, Fire, Rescue and EMS, I would like to thank you for the generosity demonstrated by members of your post during the recent fire that engulfed the block of Main Street earlier this month. I donʼt have the names of each of the many persons who helped so please convey my thanks to each and every one.

Without your quick action and immediate generosity, fighting the fire at the rear of the Main Street Block of buildings, as well as maintaining a “firefighter rehab” area would not have been as successful as it was. Fighting the fire in the heat, smoke and stress could have caused major dehydration problems with the firemen with whom we worked in your “area of operation”.

Your quick and gracious supply of water, ice, and other things to our firemen and EMS workers in the rehab area, was an important part to sending all our personnel home safely at the end of the incident.  By working together, we were able to serve the community of which we are all a part.

Yours is an organization comprised of personnel who have already stood tall and served the nation. We thank you again for helping us serve as we can!


Scott DeCook, Chief
Port Gibson Volunteer Fire Department