Mahopac FD celebrates its 100th anniversary in grand style
What a parade!
The Mahopac Fire Department’s 100th anniversary parade started an hour late but it was well worth the wait.
More than 5,500 firefighters and emergency responders, accompanied by a wide variety of marching bands, were greeted Saturday with cheers and applause from an appreciative audience, who lined Route 6 from Baldwin Lane all the way to the Mahopac firehouse.
Marchers originated from across Putnam County, as well as Westchester, Dutchess, Orange and Rockland countries in addition to western Connecticut, northern New Jersey, and Long Island.
Mahopac FD Chief Brian Lena expressed delight with the turnout: “We are a proud group who protect our community around the clock while enjoying the camaraderie of our neighbors in parades.”
Putnam County Judge James Reitz, a member of the Mahopac Falls FD, described himself as being “very fortunate. I am third generation in the Mahopac Falls FD. It’s all about service and helping others. A great day for all of us!”
Carmel Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt congratulated the men and women of the volunteer fire service: “A fire department is a combination of many things. It is not only the iconic trappings of red engines and brick houses but the core of the volunteer who breathes life into the apparatus and brings it to bear in the protection of life and property.”
On Oct. 6, 1914, the Mahopac FD held its organizational meeting at the Old Carmel Town Hall on McAlpin Avenue. The following January it answered its first alarm. In 1919, the fire department acquired its first firehouse on Miller Avenue and Croton Falls Road to house two engines.
The rest is history as the department has continued to grow and prosper and has become the second busiest fire company in the county with more than 125 active firefighters housed in three fire stations throughout greater Mahopac.