Randolph Firefighter Recognized By Sen. Young

Pictured, from left, are state Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean; Randolph Volunteer Fire Company Honoree John Congdon; and Fire Chief Don McElwain Jr. Submitted photo

RANDOLPH — A Randolph man who had dedicated 31 years of service to the Randolph Volunteer Fire Company was recognized by state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, during Randolph Volunteer Fire Company’s annual banquet.

John Congdon, past president of the fire company, has served his community as an active member of the Randolph Volunteer Fire Company for 31 years.

“I am honored to be able to present John Congdon with a proclamation recognizing his selfless dedication and courage,” Young said. “We owe a tremendous debt of thanks to the men and women who volunteer to protect us as firefighters.”

Young said it takes a strong desire to help others and a tireless sense of community to forsake time with family and friends to serve as a volunteer firefighter.

“John has given more than three decades of his life to the people of Randolph,” Young said. “The magnitude of his commitment to the safety of his community is amazing and awe inspiring. He deserves our thanks and gratitude.”

Young also thanked Congdon’s family for the sacrifices they made and the support they gave him so he could serve the community.

Sen. Young also presented proclamations to Cattaraugus County District 3 Fire Coordinator Murray Haines, who is retiring after seven years as a district fire coordinator with a total of 46 years in the fire service, and Randolph First Lt. Seth Lecceadone, who was honored as Firefighter of the Year.

“It takes character to sacrifice so much for the benefit of others. It is heroes like John Congdon, Murray Haines and Seth Lecceadone who make our community such a wonderful place to live,” Young said. “I can’t thank them enough for everything they do for our community.”