An old-time spectacle marches on

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  • Family and friends of the Sparrowbush Fire Department were ready to cheer on the firefighters as they passed by.

  • It's GOVAC ready for action if services were needed. Manning the station is Paul Anello, who's been affiliated with the ambulance corps since last year.

  • From left: Patty Greenhill, Susan Stewart, Cheryl Maturana, and Barbara Killenberger enjoy the parade from their front-row seats.

  • Members of Goshen's Youth Football and Cheerleading supply plenty of spirit to the Goshen Fire Parade.

  • Santa, who rode on the "Watt Christma Wonderland" float, was happy to be a part of the parade, and the children were happy to see him.

  • The Bonito family — Greg and Lori and their twins Melanie and Alex had a good time watching the parade. Sitting with them is the twins grandmother, Eveline White, and Mary Gray Griffith, of Griffith Real Estate.

  • Grand Marshal Jeremy Cohen, Immediate Past Chief, Goshen Fire Department.

  • Division Marshals Sergio Maturana, Steve O'Sullivan and Gerard Killenberger stand tall and proud.

  • Division Marshal Malcolm Stewart, right, stands with past chief Al Turi.

  • The Chester Fire Department was well represented at the parade.

  • Everyone, young and old, had a great time at the Goshen Fire Parade.

  • Many communities participated in the Fire Parade, including Florida, N.Y.

  • A Grand Old Party of state, county, town and village officials.

Awards and presentations

Float parade
Most Beautiful: Glen Arden/Elant
Most Humorous: Watt World of Horror
Best Application to Theme: Future Fire Department Volunteers
Best Individual: Santa Claus on Christmas Float
Best Overall Hudson Valley Polonaise Society
Best Appearing Musical Unit: Morris County, N.J., Pipes and Drums
Best Appearing Auxiliary: Otterkill Engine, Campbell Hall
Best Appearing Color Guard: Warwick Fire Department
Best Appearing Antique Apparatus: Florida Fire Department
Best Appearing Chief’s Vehicle: Pine Island Fire Department
Second-Best Appearing Miscellaneous Apparatus: Sparrowbush Fire Department
Best Appearing Miscellaneous Apparatus: Bloomingburg Fire Department
Second-Best Appearing Truck: Mechanicstown Fire Department
Best Appearing Truck: Warwick Fire Department
Second-Best Appearing Engine: Franklin, N.J., Fire Department
Best Appearing Engine: Pine Island Fire Department
Best Appearing Apparatus: Chester Fire Department
Second-Best Appearing Unit (dress uniform): Circleville Fire Department
Best Appearing Unit (dress uniform): Franklin, N.J., Fire Department
Second-Best Appearing Unit (regulation uniform): Mechanicstown Fire Department
Best Appearing Unit (regulation uniform): Chester Fire Department
Blue Ribbon Award, Best Overall Unit: Warwick Fire Department
Chief's Honors
Honoring firefighters who have contributed time and effort to the department over the years:
Augustine (Augie) De Rosa, Dikeman Engine and Hose Co. No. 3
Brian Taylor, Minisink Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1,
Frederick (Mike) Hoffman, Cataract Engine and Hose Co. No. 1
Parade Award
Honors a group or individual inside or outside the department who contributes to the success of the fire parades. The 2012 recipients were recognized for their help and expertise in furnishing, delivering, and picking up the trailers used for the reviewing stand:
L.P. Transportation of Chester
Rod Prosser
Participation Awards
Presented to each participating unit
Service plaques
Presented to the parade marshals:
Jeremy Cohen, Grand Marshal
Mal Stewart, First Division
Tom Boxman, First Division
Steve O’Sullivan, Second Division
Gerard Killenberger, Second Division
Sergio Maturana, Second Division
Charles Norton, Third Division
Richard Wiley, Third Division
Joseph Donovan, Fourth Division
Joan Scumaci, Fourth Division

GOSHEN — The triennial fire parade in Goshen on Sept. 8 was a grand spectacle that won’t be repeated until 2015.

Goshen’s fire companies — Cataract Engine & Hose, Dikeman Engine & Hose, and Minisink Hook & Ladder — presented a fine parade, thanks to guest New York companies from Orange, Ulster, and Westchester counties; the Franklin Fire Department from Sussex County, N.J.; and even a company from Prince Georges County, Md.

Color Guards held flags proudly in the stiff breeze. Firemen in immaculate uniforms marched in crisp precision, interspersed with school and professional bands from all over the region. Pipe and drum bands in colorful kilts played stirring music. Huge modern trucks and small antique fire equipment were all polished to a high gleam.

Judges from the Westchester County Parade Judges Association, clipboards in hand, inspected everything meticulously. Unfortunately, because of the winds, only three of the expected 12 floats were in the line of march.

The storm was perfectly timed. Not long after the parade ended and onlookers scurried for cars and home, the skies darkened and the rain poured down.

Photos by Geri Corey

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