Fire Service Community Achievement Award

Primo Biscaro

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.

2019 Winner

Primo Biscaro

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
*deceased