Volunteer firefighters have the courage to face danger and the heart to help out in their communities. On the fireground or around town, so many continue to give and sacrifice beyond the fire service every day.
Every year, FASNY gives the Fire Service Community Achievement Award to an active volunteer firefighter who is also active with one or more community service organizations.
If you know someone deserving of recognition, you’re invited to nominate an individual who complements active fire service with involvement in civic organizations, charitable programs and other community groups.
Erie Hose Co., Warsaw Fire Department
For well over 50 years, Primo Biscaro has served his community and the fire service over and above the call of duty.
In 1968, Biscaro joined the Erie Hose Co. of the Warsaw Fire Department. Over the years, he’s been a member of several departmental organizations, including the Warsaw Fire Police Squad and Warsaw Rescue Squad. He was department Chief from 1986-88, 1990-92 and 2010-12. He’s one of Warsaw FD’s truck drivers and also was on the purchasing committee to buy their new 100-foot aerial ladder truck.
Biscaro has been a Warsaw Firemen’s Exempt Association member since 1973 and served as Treasurer for two years. He’s a Past Advisor to the Warsaw Junior Explorers, which he helped form in 1984. He was instrumental in acquiring the new siren system for the Town of Warsaw, which replaced the old one that wasn’t working anymore.
He is a life member of FASNY, the Western New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the Wyoming County Volunteer Firemen’s Association.
Biscaro has a 50-year history of being active in department-community events, serving as Parade Chairman of the Warsaw FD Fourth of July Carnival. He was Chairman of the Warsaw FD Bowling Tournament for nine years.
In 1982, he was appointed Fire Marshall for the Village of Warsaw and continued to serve until 2009.
It is obvious that Biscaro devotes much of his free time to the fire service and helping others, yet he finds time to be involved in other areas of community service as well as his family. He has been a member of the Warsaw Moose Club since 1961, the Wyoming County Vets Club since 1981 and served as Parade Chairman for the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Festival from 1978 to 1988. He is also a Past President of the Chamber.
One of his greatest loves is playing the trumpet. He joined the Golden Eagles Drum Corps in 1958, then went to the Perry American Legion Band from 1959 to 1962, and finally to Alexander Firemen’s Band from 1962 to present and still enjoys playing and marching with them when time permits.
ADAPTED FROM A NOMINATION BY ALICE BISCARO, WARSAW FIRE DEPARTMENT PRESIDENT
Past Award Recipients
|1994||Joseph B. Kuhn*||Penfield Fire Company, Inc.|
|1995||Gus Wehrlin*||Farmington Volunteer Fire Association, Inc|
|1996||Richard F. Laitenberger*||Union Hill Fire Department, Webster|
|1997||William J. Reilly*||West Babylon Fire Department|
|1998||William A. Wutz*||Hutchinson Hose Company, Williamsville|
|1999||Robert V. Lyon*||Setauket Fire Department, East Setauket|
|2000||No Award Given|
|2001||Bernard O. Monson*||Albertson Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Co.|
|2002||James Mahoney*||Northport Fire Department|
|2003||No Award Given|
|2004||John S. DaVanzo*||Mineola Fire Department|
|2005||Joseph E. Sills, Jr.||A. H. Wicks Engine & Truck Company, Kingston|
|2006||James Crowley||Woodstock Fire Company #4|
|2007||Warren J. Rathke*||Wrights Corners Fire Company|
|2008||Thomas P. Sullivan||Mombasha Fire Company|
|2009||Philip F. DeLorenzo||Piermont Volunteer Fire Department|
|2010||Ernest Matthews||Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company|
|2011||Brian J. Greck||Medford Fire Department|
|2012||Stanley Figiel||Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company|
|2014||Martin Horanburg||Miller Hose Company, Inc.|
|2015||Donald E. Snyder||Wantagh Fire Department|
|2016||John McKenna||Northport Volunteer Fire Department|
|2017||Thomas J. Cuff, Jr.||Levittown Fire Department|