Hartford Students Earn Full Member Status with the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company
Hartford Central School District students Lucas Casey, Brandon Harrington, and Thomas MacDuff, Jr. were recently voted in to the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company as full members.
The trio of friends spent the past year volunteering under a probationary status, and attending weekly training sessions that includes extractions, proper fire extinguisher use, extinguishing car fires, first aid, and other fire-related trainings. Because of their age, there are certain restrictions on what they are permitted to do, such as driving the fire trucks and entering interior fires. However, as full members they are now eligible to vote on department decisions.
Lucas Casey, a member of the class of 2019, and is the first person in his immediate family to volunteer as a firefighter. He became interested through Tanafort baseball team member, Anthony Miller, who volunteers with the Fort Edward Fire Company. After graduating, Lucas will be able to continue with the fire department, as he will attend SUNY Adirondack to pursue a degree in psychology and then plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Force as a fire fighter.
Brandon Harrington, who is completing is junior year, is a third generation fire fighter. In addition to it being “in his blood” Brandon said he feels a responsibility to give back to the community. He said one of many things he has learned is the amount of “behind the scenes” things the volunteers do that are not always visible to the public. His goal is to attend SUNY Onondaga and become a professional firefighter.
Thomas MacDuff, Jr., who is completing is junior year, is also a third generation fire fighter. He said his motivation was the brotherhood and cooperation between neighboring emergency services squads. His goal is to attend Paul Smith’s College to major in forest operations with a minor in wild land firefighting.
All three students participated in the mock DWI crash scene the school hosts with Fort Ann Central School District each May. The assembly is in partnership with the Hartford Volunteer Fire Company, the Fort Ann Volunteer Fire Department, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Kevin Lovely, head of building maintenance for both schools and the Chief of Fort Ann’s Fire Department also participated in the drill. Thank you to all of the volunteers who took time out of their day to help convey such an important message.