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NO. R-114. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring retiring Beecher Falls Fire Chief Henry Prehemo.

(J.R.H. 81)

Offered by: Representative Johnson of Canaan.

Whereas, a Vermont volunteer fire department’s regular territory typically encompasses one or two municipalities, and almost certainly all the company’s duties are within the state’s borders, and

Whereas, for 30 years, Henry Prehemo served as chief of the Beecher Falls Volunteer Fire Department (BFVFD), fighting fires and rescuing individuals not only in the village of Beecher Falls, the most northeasterly in the state, but also on the opposite bank of the Connecticut River in New Hampshire and across the international border in Quebec, and

Whereas, he began fighting fires as a teenager, under the aegis of his father, Henry Prehemo’s immediate past predecessor as chief, and

Whereas, when his father retired in 1970, Henry Prehemo confidently assumed the departmental reigns of command, and

Whereas, over the next three decades, Chief Henry Prehemo’s expertise and experience at fighting major blazes proved invaluable to Beecher Falls and the surrounding communities, and

Whereas, his capable and thoughtful leadership was most apparent on January 15, 1976, when the BFVFD’s own firehouse burned to the ground, and

Whereas, Chief Prehemo’s confidence in the viability and vitality of the BFVFD proved instrumental after this institutional tragedy, and

Whereas, under the chief’s inspired leadership, the department has made major strides forward in updating its facilities and entered the 21st century with a fleet of efficient, and distinctively yellow, fire trucks and a modern system of other support equipment and services, and

Whereas, for the first time in nearly 60 years, practically the department’s entire history, the Prehemo family legacy of exemplary service as chief of the BFVFD will, at least for now, be coming to a close, and

Whereas, the residents of the municipalities that the BFVFD serves will miss Chief Henry Prehemo’s presence both at the station house, and on the firefighting scene, actively working to extinguish the flames, now therefore

be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its commendation for a job well done, and best wishes for the future, to retiring Beecher Falls Volunteer Fire Chief Henry Prehemo, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Henry Prehemo in Beecher Falls.