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Stories and memories from Firefighters of Orange County

Firefighters can tell some interesting stories about "the BIG one" and over the years they have collected quite a few! There are men and women who have answered calls for help for more than 75 years right here in Orange County.

We are proud to Honor these Veterans of the fire service by immortalizing them "In Their Words" and saving their stories for us to share in now and for generations to come, in an INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT and on the Website.

Now it’s time for you to tell your story!

To schedule an interview click here

Interviews take approx 20 minutes and will be conducted by Tony Donato, Chester FD, Health & Safety officer on video. Participants will be given a copy on DVD and their interview “In their words ” shared on the museums website and in an interactive display at the museum!

Be a part of the recorded Firefighting history of Orange County!

click here to see some of the interviews
What the interview consists of......... Your Favorite “War Story” or Your “Tale of the BIG ONE!”

Name & Highest Rank Achieved
Department or Company Affiliation(s)
Year Joined & How many years served

Why did you become a Firefighter?
What has changed since you joined?
Words of wisdom for NEW firefighters

To schedule an interview click here or call Tony Donato at 845-988-5041

Larry Schaffer
Walden FD
for over 63 years

Marvin Cohen
Member since Aug. 1951
Monhagen Hose Company
Middletown Fire Department

Donald "Donny" Atkin
Member Since 1948
Walton Engine & Hose Co.
Chester Fire Dept.

Hap Schmidt
Montgomery FD
for over 60 years

Chief Jim Grey
37 year Veteran
Past Chief

Ted Schmidt
Montgomery FD Since '51
Past Captain

James TenKate
Circleville FD Since '51
Past Chief

Circleville FD Since '51
Past Chief


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