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Firefighter's Parade canceled

Aug 13, 2020

By Joseph Abraham - co-editor

By: MATT SHORTALL | DEMOCRAT
There will be no Firefighter's Parade in 2020. Pictured last year in Rock Hill is District 6 Legislator Luis Alvarez and the Liberty Fire Department marching in the parade.
WHITE LAKE -- The smoke has cleared on speculation of whether or not the 92nd Annual Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association Firefighter's Parade would take place this year as our society is still in the midst of a global pandemic.
This year's hosts, the White Lake Fire Company, officially announced the event's cancellation on Tuesday Night.
“We have no choice with all the uncertainties in a time that is new to all of us. We tried to pull it off with time, but without final approvals for state roadway use and many concerns of mass gatherings we have decided that the safety of our members, families, community and all surrounding communities is our number one concern,” said the White Lake Fire Company in a statement.
The Grahamsville Fire Department will be the hosts of the 2021 Parade, but White Lake has been approved to host the parade on September 17, 2022.
The White Lake Fire Company will have shirts available soon from this year's county parade as well as raffles coming out soon to start their preparation for 2022.

In their statement they also said, “We would like to express our thanks to some people that have helped us along the way as this was our first time planning a parade. Thank you to the Rock Hill Fire Department (Michael Hoyt, Chet Smith, Mark Meddaugh), Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association, John Hauschild 53-1, Rick Sauer Public Safety, NYS DOT, Sullivan County Parks and Recreation (Brian Scardefield), Bethel Woods, White Lake Fire District Commissioners and all the Fire Departments and Businesses that reached out with support! This was an incredible opportunity that we look forward to driving into 2022. Be safe and thank you!”


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