HISTORY

Past Chiefs | Past Association Presidents | Past Firefighter of the Year

Verdoy… The Early Years

 

 

 

 

     Fires had always been a reason for concern in what was the Verdoy area of the Town of Colonie with no local volunteer fire department to handle them. Our neighbors from Shaker Road Volunteer Fire Department were always available to come to our aid if Verdoy needed help, but two serious fires in early 1944, one in the Verdoy area brought home the need for something closer to home. Following those fires the need for protection was of concern to many in the area. Mr. Wanton Budlong, then president of the Verdoy Improvement Association called a meeting with other members, William Cox, Howard Dill, and Bob Hawthorne. In order to get as much information as possible, they invited the Chief of the Niskayuna Volunteer Fire Department, the President of the Shaker Road Volunteer Fire Department, and the Supervisor of the Town of Colonie. Following this meeting the Verdoy Volunteer Fire Department was formed. William Green was asked to be Chairman of the drive to get things going.

     In February of 1944 the Verdoy Volunteer Fire Association was formed with Roy Garrison as President; Edward Fort, Secretary; and Irving Buhrmaster, Treasurer. They held their meetings in the Community Association Hall at the intersection of Old Niskayuna Road and Route 7. The Fire Association immediately laid out plans for the Verdoy Volunteer Fire Department naming William Green, Chief; John Sellers, Assistant Chief; Peter Cramer, Captain and William Coleman, Lieutenant.

     This was during World War II and a truck was hard to get due to priorities. After weeks of searching, a truck chassis was finally located and Chief Green used his own money to place a deposit. When the truck was delivered a booster tank, hose racks and compartments were mounted. At the time the truck was delivered there was no fire station but Verdoy members stepped up and during the winter months the truck was housed in a heated building at Fadeggon Nurseries and during the summer in Irving Bushmaster’s barn.

     The firemen rang doorbells, held paper drives, bingo games and sold raffle tickets to raise money. They also held square dances in Chief Green’s new barn.

     As World War II ended, the younger men returning from the war, joined the fire department. The Town of Colonie formed a tax district and Verdoy went on the tax rolls. Walter Russell was the first Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Old Station 01      A first firehouse was built at Stop 29 Troy-Schenectady Turnpike in 1948. The address later became 1026 Troy Schenectady Road. The Verdoy Volunteer Fire Department was serving its community providing fire protection as well as assistance in other emergencies. Additions were made to the station at 1026 Troy Schenectady Road in 1967. Due to FAA regulations it was necessary to move to our present location at 988 Troy Schenectady Road in 2001.

 

 Station 1967

Verdoy - 1967

 

 firehouse2012

Verdoy Today


 

Past Chiefs 

William Green Jr. 1944-1946
Cornelius Bol 1947-1948
E. Kenneth Zeh 1949-1955
Joseph Lemoine 1956-1958
Harry C. Wager 1959
Joseph Lemoine 1960-1962
Ronald L. Orlop 1963-1968
Albert Rigali 1969 - 3/27/1970
John T. McNeff 3/28/1970 - 1975
Robert N. Stewart 1976-1977
Dennis Toma 1978-1979
Robert A. Winn 1980-1983
Alan M. Petrillo 1984
Terry Schlesinger 1985-1987
Robert Napier 1988-1991
Elliot Friedman 1992
Robert Napier 1993-1994
Thomas Davenport 1995
David L. Leonardo 1996-1997
Steven Myers 1998
Robert Napier 1999
Gregory V. Serio 2000-2001
David Johnson 2002-2004
Jason Wheatley 2005-2006
David L. Leonardo 2007
Gregory V. Serio 2008-2011


Past Association Presidents
 

W. S. Budlong 1944
H. Dill 1944
W Cox 1944
R. Hawthorne 1944
R. Garrison 1945
L. Hoyser 1946, 1947
J. Faddegon 1948
G. E. Longhurst 1949, 1950, 1951
J. Faddegon 1952
A. Broadbent 1953
F. Hartley 1954, 1955
A. Gold 1956, 1957
W. Rohrwassr 1958, 1959
S. Lobdell 1960
P. Murtagh 1961, 1962
J. O'Brian 1963
J. Lemoine 1964, 1965
Robert Stewart 1966
B. Burlingame 1967
Ronald Carey 1968, 1969
T. Stevens 1970
F. Fazioli 1971
J. Kohler 1972, 1973
J. Baldwin 1974
Robert Winn 1975
D. Williams 1976
J. Polsinelli 1977
David Allen 1978, 1979
M. Hudda 1980
Rick Nash 1981
David Allen 1982
John Eaton 1983
Jack Wands 1984, 1985
David Allen 1986, 1987
Alan Petrillo 1988-1994
Mike Dundon 1995, 1996
Elliot Freidman 1996
Joe Conroy 1997, 1998
Matt Kopach 1999
Peter Borhn 2000
David Meservey 2001, 2002
Joe Conroy 2003, 2004
Gregory Serio 2005
Brian Caney 2006-2008
Elliot Friedman 2009-2011
Joe Conroy 2012

 

Past Firefighter of the Year

John Innocent 1963
Robert Stewart 1965
Mike Dryden 1967
John Innocent 1968
Ronald Carey  1969
Michael Carey  1972
Dennis Toma  1973
John Cushine  1974
Robert A. Winn 1975
Lee Tashian 1976
John Innocent  1977
Paul Russel  1978
Elliot Friedman  1979
Michael Carey  1980
Carl Allen  1981
Alan Petrillo  1982
Steven Myers  1983
Dick Lyons  1984
John Tibbits  1985
John Eaton  1986
Paul Sugrue  1987
Robert Napier  1988
Robert A. Winn  1989
Frank Cuoccio  1990
Robert Stewart  1991
Joseph Toth  1992
Ronald Carey  1993
Jason Wheatley  1994
Russ Santore  1995
Steven Myers  1996
Robert A. Winn  1997
Robert Stewart  1998
Russ Santore  1999
Jason Reynolds  2000
Michael Carey 2001
William Neiger  2002
Jason Wheatley  2003
David Meservey  2004
Gregory Serio  2005
David Leonardo  2006
Joseph Santore  2007
Robert Stewart  2007
John Krill  2008
John Politis  2009
Ryan Carmichael  2010
David Haller  2011
Bill Neiger  2012
Brian Girard  2013
   
   
   

 

Verdoy Fire District
988 Troy Schenectady Road
Latham, New York 12110
Phone: (518) 785-7291 / Fax: (518) 785-6044


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