Oswego Golf Tourney Raises Thousands for National Fire Organization
Oct 08, 2015 11:49AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Members of the Oswego Fire Department Pipes and Drum band play at the annual Andy Fredericks Memorial Golf Outing in September at Fox Bend. Members pictured are from left to right: Josh Petersohn, Eric Roberts, Chris Cinto, Matt Yackley and volunteer piper and instructor Kate Longrid.
The Tournament raised more than $15,000 for the Lt. Andy Fredericks Memorial Foundation to help advance the training of others in the world of fire science. Fredericks was a Lieutenant for the New York Fire Department, and was dedicated to training others across the country. He was a member of Engine 48 in the Bronx and later moved to Squad 18 in Manhattan.
Fredericks pioneered many unique and highly effective approaches to basic Engine Company Operations and re-designed how modern firefighters attack fires. He dedicated his life to his family and the training of firefighters. He was kill on Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center along with 342 of his fellow firefighters.
After his death, a fundraiser was established to raise money for his children to attend college and then to erect a statue at the Rockland County Fire Academy. Monies raised since have been used for scholarships for young adults pursuing careers in the Fire Service.
Over 200 people attended this year's event held at Fox Bend. Every year the outing is held in a different location in the country, and last year took place in California.
"Firefighters from around the country attended the event and a great time was had by all," said OFPD Capt. John Cornish. "The OFPD would like to thank everyone that helped to make this event successful. We are very proud for the privilege to host this outing and look forward to helping this cause for many years to come."