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Gowanda Fire Co. installs officers

Pictured are Nick Crassi, left, as the Gowanda Fire Department Chief, with guest speakers for the installation dinner: Chris Baker, Cattaraugus County Director and Fire Coordinator; and Tiger Schmittendorf, Erie County Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Services.

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Fire Department had its installation of officers dinner recently with Assemblyman Joe Giglio (R-Gowanda), Mayor David Smith, Cattaraugus County Director and Fire Coordinator Chris Baker and Erie County Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Services Tiger Schmittendorf, all attending at the Gowanda Volunteer Fire Company building.

The Gowanda Fire Department Chief for 2018 is Nick Crassi, while the first assistant is Mark Hebner and the second assistant is Steve Raiport. Randy Campbell is president.

“It’s a great time to install the new officers and get everybody together and to get tthem swarn in,” Crassi said. “We were blessed to have to speakers, Chris Baker and Tiger Schmittendorf. They did a nice talk and presentation before the members were sworn. Joe Giglio was the master of ceremonies and Carol Sheibley swore in the new officers.”