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These are photos or our Honor Flight WW II veterans at Julie Latessa’s Christmas celebration 2016. Seated (Left to Right) Al Fasano (96), John Goode (91), Duilio Turilli (94), Ms. Luisa White, Louis Marciano (92), Palmo Guccione (95), Chrispino DeCarlo (93), Benjamin Carbone (93), Domenic Giarrusso (94). Our WW II veterans want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Safe and Happy New Year!!
RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight board member Steve Hay came up with a great idea. Why don’t we collect Christmas gifts for the veterans at our RIAFC Christmas Party? And that’s just what was done with the items collected delivered to the RI Veterans Home in Bristol. Thanks to Steve and his band of Christmas Elf’s who helped with the delivery. Merry Christmas to all of our veterans!
The RIAFC Foundation presented a check for $3,500 to the RI Critical Incident Stress Management Team at the RIAFC Christmas Party. Foundation President George Farrell presented the check to Dr. Anne Balboni who leads the all-volunteer team. Chief Farrell thanked the CISM Team for their dedication as an important resource for all RI First Responders.
Gerry Newsham of the RI Sheriffs Association spoke about the importance of the Honor Flight program after presenting the RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight Hub with a check for $6,000. He, along with members of the Sheriffs Association executive board, made the presentation to the RIAFC members assembled for their annual Christmas Party recently. Accepting the check was Honor Flight chairman Chief George Farrell, Ret.
Below is a picture of WWII veteran Floyd Welch from Honor Flight “KILO” in November of 2015. This picture was taken at the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. Mr Welch served on the USS Maryland and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He is at Pearl Harbor today for the ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack.
RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight chairman, Chief George Farrell, ret. is pictured here (right) with Brian Welch, who accompanied his father on that Honor Flight.
Click on the file above to listen to Chief Farrell’s interview with Gene Valicenti on WPRO radio this morning.
The RIAFC will host Captain Mike Dugan, FDNY ret. presenting a one day seminar on
Location: East Greenwich Firemen’s Hall
80 Queen St, East Greenwich, RI
Cost: $25 per person
(The fee will include coffee pastry in the morning and a buffet lunch)
Firefighters, company officers and chiefs should register for this one day seminar.
If you are mailing a check please make checks payable to:
“Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs” and mail to:
PO Box 6041
Providence, RI 02940