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Dive Team honored at C.C.V.F.A. convention
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By Firefighter Justin Elliott
July 29, 2016

On Friday July 29th, the City of Hudson Fire Department Dive Team was honored by the Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Association during their annual meeting.

The Dive Team was presented with the "Firefighter of the Year" award for their actions at a drowning that occurred on August 6th, 2016 at Oakdale Lake.

On Thursday August 6th, 2015 at 7:28pm Columbia County 911 dispatched the Hudson Fire Department for a male subject who had gone underwater and not resurfaced at Oakdale Lake in the city. At 7:41pm FF/Rescue Divers Mark Graziano, Justin Elliott, and Assistant Chief/Rescue Diver DeMarco entered the water in full SCUBA equipment and began a coordinated underwater search. At 7:54pm FF/Diver Mark Graziano surfaced with the victim and immediately swam to shore with him. The victim was successfully revived at Columbia Memorial and was later transferred to Albany Medical Center for further treatment.

On hand to receive the award was the entire Dive Team escorted by a Color Guard comprised of current and past Chiefs of the Hudson Fire Department.

Also presented to the Dive Team was a resolution from the Columbia County Board of Supervisors commending the team on their actions.

The annual convention was held this at the Kinderhook Town Park and was hosted by the Niverville Fire Department. The convention concluded Saturday with a parade and entertainment at the Town Park.

Units: Water Rescue Truck 17-70
 
Hyperlinks: Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Assoc. Website
 
 
 
Members of the Dive Team stand together as the award is read aloud to the audience.
Members of the Dive Team stand together as the award is read aloud to the audience.
 
John Blaauw, representing the CCVFA, reads the resolution from the Board of Supervisors that was presented to the Dive Team.
John Blaauw, representing the CCVFA, reads the resolution from the Board of Supervisors that was presented to the Dive Team.
 
Dive Team members pose with the CCVFA "Firefighter of the Year Award" Committee.
Dive Team members pose with the CCVFA "Firefighter of the Year Award" Committee.
 
John Blaauw, representing the CCVFA, congratulating members of the Dive Team.
John Blaauw, representing the CCVFA, congratulating members of the Dive Team.
 
The City of Hudson Fire Department Dive Team in front of Water Rescue Unit 17-70.
The City of Hudson Fire Department Dive Team in front of Water Rescue Unit 17-70.
 

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