Assemblyman to honor first responders

Goshen. Local nominees include Deana Santosky-Wright of the Town of Chester Police Department, John Deshler of the Chester Fire Department, George Lyons of the Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Jay Jonas of Goshen, a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) deputy chief.

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10 Sep 2019 | 07:29

New York State Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R-New Windsor) has announced the inaugural 99th Assembly District Salute to First Responders nominees.

Local nominees include Deana Santosky-Wright of the Town of Chester Police Department, John Deshler of the Chester Fire Department, George Lyons of the Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Jay Jonas of Goshen, a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) deputy chief.

The 17 nominees will be honored at Schmitt’s Salute to First Responders celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Orange County Emergency Services Auditorium, 22 Wells Farm Road in Goshen.

Local governing boards and leaders in the 99th Assembly District had the ability to nominate one First Responder that truly stands out in their community. Nominees could be active or retired, paid or volunteer first responders that live, work, or serve their community. Individuals eligible for nomination include members from all branches of the first responder community, including 911 dispatchers, EMS responders, corrections, police, and firefighters.

"Our Assembly District is home to many selfless first responders that serve our communities in countless ways," Schmitt said. "This event aims to honor their courageous work and contributions to the community. I invite all residents to join me in Goshen on Sept. 16 to say thank you to our nominated first responders who will be recognized for their extraordinary service.”

Honorees:
Blooming Grove: Raymond Phillips, FDNY (posthumously )
Chester (Town): Deana Santosky-Wright, Town of Chester Police Department
Chester (Village): John Deshler, Chester Fire Department
Cornwall (Town): Timothy McCarthy, West Point Fire Department (retired), New Windsor Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Goshen (Town): George Lyons, Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Goshen (Village): Jay Jonas, FDNY
Hamptonburgh: James Ballard, Otterkill Fire Department
Highlands: Don Smith, Fort Montgomery Fire Department
Highland Falls: Arla James, Highland Falls Fire Department
New Windsor: Matthew Monahan, New Windsor Police Department
South Blooming Grove: Brian Carey, South Blooming Grove Fire Department and FDNY (retired)
Stony Point: Nicholas Attolino, Wayne Hose Co. Fire Department
Washingtonville: Charles Martin, Washingtonville Police Department
Wawayanda: Halsey Decker, Wawayanda Fire Company
Woodbury (Town): Michael Gironda, Town of Woodbury Dispatcher
Woodbury (Village): Ben Conques, Woodbury Community Ambulance
District organization: NYC Retired Firefighters of Orange County