Golden Trumpet

The FASNY Golden Trumpet Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional support for and assistance to the volunteer fire service. Historically this award has been given to New York State legislators, government officials and others who have shown a commitment to supporting the volunteer fire service. This award is presented at the FASNY Legislative Conference.

2017 Award Recipient

Brian F. McQueen

Past FASNY Director and Past Chief of the Whitesboro Fire Department

Volunteer firefighter, cancer survivor and tireless advocate Brian F. McQueen of Whitesboro is the recipient of the 2017 Golden Trumpet Award. More than any other individual, McQueen helped to raise awareness of cancer in New York’s volunteer fire service and was a powerful advocate for the new cancer legislation signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on October 22, 2017.

McQueen is a past chief of the Whitesboro Fire Department in Oneida County, a longtime member of FASNY, and a New York Director to the National Volunteer Fire Council. He has served in many roles, including as a member of the FASNY Board of Directors, but in recent years he answered a new calling: fighting cancer.

On Christmas Eve of 2013, McQueen received a call from his doctor. He had been diagnosed with B-cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, one of the fastest growing cancers in the fire service. Because he was an otherwise healthy individual, the conclusion was quickly reached that the cancer was caused by McQueen’s extensive firefighting experience. Over the decades, he was exposed to countless toxins and carcinogens in the line of duty.

McQueen founded “Believe 271,” an Oneida County-based group dedicated to raising awareness of cancer in the fire service, educating firefighters, and raising money to help firefighters with cancer. Through FASNY, he served as a tireless advocate for presumptive cancer coverage, working closely with his elected officials – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi – to help craft legislation that would provide volunteer firefighters with assistance in the event of a cancer diagnosis.

After a multi-year legislative campaign, cancer coverage became a reality in 2017. S. 1411B/A. 0711B, sponsored by Griffo and Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, passed both Albany chambers by unanimous votes. On October 22, 2017, Governor Cuomo signed the legislation into law, granting additional benefits to future New York State volunteer firefighters battling cancer. The law takes effect on January 1, 2019.

For his remarkable persistence, dedication, and advocacy for the health and well-being of every firefighter in New York State, Brian McQueen is awarded the 2017 FASNY Golden Trumpet.

Past Award Recipients

1991 Hon. Sherwood L. Boehlert Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
1992 Dennis T. Gorski Erie County Executive
1993 Michael J. Bragman New York State Assemblyman
1994 Kurt Vonnegut Internationally Recognized Writer
1995 Nancy Larraine Hoffman New York State Senator
1996 No Award Given
1997 Hon. Lawrence H. Cooke New York State Chief Judge, Retired
1998 No Award Given
1999 Alphonse D’Amato U.S. Senator
2000 Paul A. Tokasz New York State Assemblyman
2001 James L. Seward New York State Senator
2002 No Award Given
2003 William Magee New York State Assemblyman
2004 Richard A. Smith New York State Assemblyman
2005 John J. Bonacic New York State Senator
2006 John F. Mueller OFPC Fire Prevention Bureau Chief
2007 Dale M. Volker New York State Senator
2008 RoAnn Destito New York State Assemblywoman
2009 Harvey Weisenberg New York State Assemblyman
2014 Bobby Knight FASNY Legislative Committee Vice Chairman
2015 Aileen Gunther New York State Assemblywoman
2016 Joseph Griffo New York State Senator
2017 Brian F. McQueen Past chief of the Whitesboro Fire Department