Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00
It was Dec. 8, 1888 when a group of people met to discuss forming a fire department in Mineola. Within three weeks of its inception, the company gained 23 members at its first meeting in February of 1889. In the spring of that year, Mineola’s Engine Company No. 1 blared its first siren.
One-hundred twenty five years later, the company is still going strong, responding to calls at all hours of the day. The Village of Mineola commemorated the company’s anniversary on Wednesday, Nov. 20, presenting honorary pins to each member of the engine company.
“For 125 years, village residents and business owners have been protected by the greatest fire department we could possibly have,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “The men and women of the entire volunteer fire department are our residents, our friends, our fellow neighbors and family members. They come to us in our time of need when seconds count in all times of weather and at all times of the day.”
The company’s first fire wagon cost $385 and arrived from East New York on March 25, 1889. It was kept in a shed on church property at Main and First Streets.
Trustee Paul Cusato, a fire department member, read off the current names of Company No. 1, the first being John DaVanzo, its most senior member. DaVanzo joined the fire department in 1947.
“It’s my honor and my privilege to recognize the current members of Engine Company No. 1 who have continued the legacy set forth 125 years ago,” Cusato said.