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Taghkanic Firefighters Honored

On Saturday, October 8th, Kozel's Restaurant was the setting for the Taghkanic Fire Company's first annual banquet since 2019. Our community boasts a large corps of long serving members – and in 2021 we honored our first Woman Firefighter of the Year.

Kali Soltano -

our Firefighter of the Year for 2021!

Firefighters are recognized for their length of service achievements in 5-year increments. On Saturday, the following Firefighters were recognized for their anniversary of service and dedication:

Arthur Griffith – 60 years in 2021

Charles Krapf – 55 years in 2022

Donald Koons, Sr. – 50 years in 2022

Tony LaSalvia – 45 years in 2021

Bill Hilscher – 35 years in 2020

Donald Coons, Jr. – 25 years in 2021

Tom Herishko – 25 years as a support member in 2020

David Koehler – 15 years in 2021

Andrew Soltano – 15 years in 2021

Carmine Aufiero – 5 years in 2020

Vincent Kobos – 5 years in 2020

Cordel Hall – 5 years in 2020

Riley Clark – 5 years in 2021

The members of our Volunteer Fire Company serve our communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We currently have a force of 24 active members who protect Taghkanic and Gallatin, and respond under mutual aid to Ancram, Elizaville, Livingston, Craryville, Churchtown and any other community when requested. The Company also has a support staff of approximately a dozen members.

While the Fire Company has a robust membership, additional members are always needed, both as active firefighters and support staff. Joining this vital part of our community has benefits both personal and financial, as the Taghkanic Fire Company participates in a rewards program that offers benefits to members based on years of service and active participation.

For more details on how to become a member, please contact


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