Revitalizing Olean and the City of Olean to Honor Firefighter
June 27, 2016—Olean— A Plaque Dedication Ceremony in honor of Herbert V. Elmore will take place on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Olean Central Fire Station on North Union Street at 10:00 a.m. Revitalizing Olean, the Facebook group, founded by Kathy Paciorkowski, was instrumental in organizing the tribute to the late Mr. Elmore.
Mr. Elmore was a member of the Olean Fire Department. He was hired in 1964 and was the first African American firefighter hired by the City of Olean. He was known throughout the community and was a very active member of the department. An on-the-job injury disabled his firefighting duties in December 1974; however he continued to be instrumental in the fundraising activities of the Professional Firefighters Association until his death in 1994.
“Revitalizing Olean is always on the look for a project that will make Olean a better place to live and the sign at the Fire Training Center at Gargoyle Park caught our eyes,” said Ms. Paciorkowski. “It had been weather beaten and needed to be refreshed; with a donation from Close’s lumber, and the artistic ability of Brittani Jones from Brittani’s Country Loft, we were able to update the sign.”
Revitalizing Olean simultaneously noticed that the building had been dedicated to Mr. Elmore and wanted to get a plaque to recognize this fact.
“Once Revitalizing Olean decided that we wanted to honor of Mr. Elmore, we devised a plan to raise funds,” Ms. Paciorkowski continued. “Paul and Sue Marra graciously hosted a New Year’s Eve event for us at the Premier Banquet Center and Cory Crandall of Crandall Memorial’s helped us create the plaque which reads ‘In honor of Herbert V. Elmore 1930-1994 for his faithful service to our City, may his courageous deeds live on forever through those who serve.’ We are very pleased with the plaque, it is beautiful.”
Revitalizing Olean worked with Mayor William J. Aiello and Fire Chief Robert Bell to establish the date, the time and the venue for the dedication ceremony. “It seemed more appropriate to have the ceremony at the Central Fire Station as it is more centrally located and visible,” said Chief Bell.
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