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Honoring 130 Years of History

Location: Washington, DC

HONORING 130 YEARS OF HISTORY -- (Extensions of Remarks - July 20, 2004)

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Dover Fire Department, of the Town of Dover, in Morris County, New Jersey, a vibrant community I am proud to represent! On July 17, 2004, the good citizens of Dover are celebrating the Fire Department's One-Hundred-Thirtieth Anniversary with a parade.

For 130 years, the Dover Fire Department has been protecting and serving the residents of their community. The fire department is made up of eighty-five volunteers, including Fire Chief Kevin Kasko. Mr. Kasko's father was also a fire department volunteer, serving for forty years. Other dedicated members of the fire department include First Assistant Chief Walter Michalski, Second Assistant Chief William Gilbert, and Third Assistant Chief Edward Ridner. The fire department has three grand marshals with over fifty years of dedicated service to the community they are Fred Sharp, William Gardner, and Herbert Swartz.

The Dover Fire Department has a deep history that is evident in their striking collection of antique fire equipment. To commemorate the Dover Fire Department's 130 year anniversary, thirty-five fire departments from nearby communities will join in a parade that follows a route through a historic area of Dover.

From its charter members to its current roster, the membership of the Dover Fire Department, over the last one hundred thirty years, has dedicated itself to the safety and welfare of Dover's good citizens. Dover's firefighters, dedicated public servants, past and present, are to be commended for a job well done!

Mr. Speaker, I urge you and my colleagues to join me in congratulating the members of the Dover Fire Department on the celebration of its one-hundred thirty years protecting one of New Jersey's finest municipalities.

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