BURRILLVILLE – Harrisville Hose Company No.1 held its 111th anniversary awards banquet and installation of officers on Saturday, April 15, with a celebration at Bella Restaurant. The group presented service awards to members and installed company officers for the coming year.
“Founded in 1912, the volunteer members of Harrisville Hose Company No.1 faithfully provide fire and emergency medical services response to the Harrisville Fire District, the town of Burrillville and surrounding communities on a mutual aid basis, remaining ‘Loyal to Our Duty,'” noted a release on the event.
Opening remarks were given by Chief Michael Gingell and President Jason Rhodes. A blessing was provided by Deacon Richard Lapierre, Chaplain of the Northern Rhode Island Firefighter’s League. Lt. Michael Dutilly served as the master of ceremonies and music was provided by Gue Productions. Special guests included retired life members Lt. Gerald Fournier; Jr.; Lt. Dennis Menard, Barbara Menard, wife of long-time Deputy Chief Norman Menard; Lyane Gingell, wife of past Chief Edward Gingell; and Pauline Pariseau, wife of retired life member Donald Pariseau.
The company recognized long-serving members, with five year service awards for Augustine Eddy, Pedro Alvarez; a 15 year award for Lt. Nicholas Brooks; a 20 year award for David Petrone; and a 25 year award for Jason Rhodes. Milestone awards from the previous year that were not available due to supply issues were also presented, including a 25 year award to Capt. Norman Mainville; and 50 year awards to Lt. Emeritus Charles Comtois and Chief Engineer Emeritus Douglas Rhodes.
Four officers of Harrisville Hose Company No.1 were sworn into office by David Houle, a member of the Harrisville Fire District Operating Committee, each to serve a one year term, with Jason Rhodes to serve as president, Brooks as vice president; William Guertin as secretary and Lt. Michael Dutilly as treasurer.