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disgusted

Lake Placid, NY

#1 Nov 6, 2012
Seems to me it's full of criminals. In the last few months at least 2 of them have been on newzjunky for arrests. And I swear I saw one of the Henry boys wearing an ankle monitor when I was in Stewarts the other day. Disgusting. I hope if I ever need the fire department at my house that the thieves don't get on the truck that day. Didn't one of the members also get convicted of rape a few years ago. Those people should not be in a fire department!
it is everywere

Tupper Lake, NY

#2 Nov 6, 2012
natural bridge has a pedophile for asst. chief so its everywhere so yous are not the only ones
disgusted

Hadley, MA

#3 Nov 6, 2012
That's ridiculous!! How can that person be in a fire department? I guess next time there is a fire safety day at school, I'm keeping my kid home!!
yeup

Tupper Lake, NY

#4 Nov 10, 2012
just look up who the members are then go to the sex offenders registry that's how easy it is!!!
Judge Not

Newport, NY

#5 Nov 13, 2012
Perhaps you should get up in 30 below temperatures to fit a fire sometime. These men and women are volunteers. Careful what falls out of your closet when the door opens. If you ever need the fire department called I wouldnt be so selective in who holds the hose to save your home and possibly life. Small town usual crap small minded people very sad.
Judge Not

Newport, NY

#6 Nov 13, 2012
disgusted wrote:
That's ridiculous!! How can that person be in a fire department? I guess next time there is a fire safety day at school, I'm keeping my kid home!!
If your house ever catches on fire be sure not to call them either after all wouldnt want that riff raff showing up to help
hmmm

Boston, MA

#7 Nov 13, 2012
First off half of you that are commenting don't know how to spell correctly or have proper grammer for that fact so congratulations to you! I'm sure a few of this posting on this have skelton's in our closets that could jump out at any moment. You could be talking about a family member, a friend, a neighbor, have you ever met these people in your life? If not i suggest you keep your comments to youself and if you don't like the job that these men are doing get your asses out and do it!!!!! They save lives and save properties, so i hope that "God forbid" anything happens to you or your home because these guys are passionate about being firemen could be helping you!!
Judge Not

Newport, NY

#8 Nov 13, 2012
disgusted wrote:
Seems to me it's full of criminals. In the last few months at least 2 of them have been on newzjunky for arrests. And I swear I saw one of the Henry boys wearing an ankle monitor when I was in Stewarts the other day. Disgusting. I hope if I ever need the fire department at my house that the thieves don't get on the truck that day. Didn't one of the members also get convicted of rape a few years ago. Those people should not be in a fire department!
The Henry boy was wearing shorts so you could see something around his ankle? Little chilly in November so I somehow am doubtful of that. And the Henry family is a very dedicated family in the fire dept. so I would be very happy to see them arrive if my home were on fire or if I was in an accident and needed help.Be grateful for the volunteers in your community or perhaps join yourself.
Only in Lewis County

Saranac Lake, NY

#9 Nov 16, 2012
It has been said that the Henry boy does have something around his ankle. He has even bragged that he can slip it off. I would not want him or others in the family showing up at my doorstep. They only reason they are there in the department is for the silly racing team. Dedicated? ha! The department has lost good members becuase of crap by this family. The village does not support the department becuse of this. The Village Board needs to step up and remove the offenders and clean up there. The State is making a move to allow departments to get rid of sex offenders, hopefully soon.
mad member

Redwood, NY

#10 Nov 16, 2012
I know just how upset you guys are. That family only seems so dedicated because of the drill team. But ask them to do anything else and you might as well be talking to the wall. Because of that family and that team many things have gone right to hell so that they can keep racing. Many other members are against what happens, but as long as the Henry's keep voting yes, there's no stopping it. And as far as getting them out, once a new law gets passed, 2 of them will be imeadiatly removed because they have been convicted of a sexual crime ( like father like son), and once the cops catch the other 2 boys that have been stealing, they will be kicked out too. I for one won't be happier the day that department gets rid of the Henry's. Many then we can have nice things.
wondering.

Lake Placid, NY

#11 Nov 19, 2012
The precious drill team is all most members care about. How many on the drill team actually go to fires???? A few of the drill team members aren't even in the Copenhagen fire dept, they are with Champion!
Smokin

Saranac Lake, NY

#12 Nov 19, 2012
For those of you that are posting and not in the Fire Department maybe you should join and have a say! I have been in for 37 years and made calls, unctions, clean ups, pumped cellars, sand bagged the river while must of you stay in bed. Put you butt where your mouth is be a volunteer! Also have been on the drill team for those 37 years also and proud of it!!!! The drill team is kow and respected all over the state. Look at the call logs and see how many Henry's make the calls! Look at the function reports and see how many make these also! If you have something to say don't hide behind some fake name let poeple know who you are...COWARDS! This is Jim Henry if you have somethng to say tell me to my face.
not a member

United States

#13 Nov 19, 2012
My name is carol and I am not a member. It's not the whole henry family that disgust me, it's Lynn and his boys. He should have been kicked out a long time ago for his ways and his kids are following in hos foot steps. There has been some great members and there still is but those 3 pigs need to be out on their asses. I had my daughter's graduation party at the fire hall and it worked put great and when I went to book it for my youngest daughters graduation I was told that I had to go through Lynn henry. Right there I said no friggin way. Jim yes, Lynn no. My sister in law handed him the keys to the hall after her daughters party and he made the comment of how hot the keys were because they were in her pants pocket. He is a fuckin pig. I was at the corner by Stewart's and there was a pink wallet on the road, so I made a swing around the block to pick it up and take it into Stewart's. When I got back to it Tyler henry picked it up and stuck it in his pocket. They need out of the fire dept.
Judge Not

Newport, NY

#14 Nov 20, 2012
mad member wrote:
I know just how upset you guys are. That family only seems so dedicated because of the drill team. But ask them to do anything else and you might as well be talking to the wall. Because of that family and that team many things have gone right to hell so that they can keep racing. Many other members are against what happens, but as long as the Henry's keep voting yes, there's no stopping it. And as far as getting them out, once a new law gets passed, 2 of them will be imeadiatly removed because they have been convicted of a sexual crime ( like father like son), and once the cops catch the other 2 boys that have been stealing, they will be kicked out too. I for one won't be happier the day that department gets rid of the Henry's. Many then we can have nice things.
Because of Robert and Jim Henry you dont have nice things? What are nice things?
Judge Not

Newport, NY

#15 Nov 20, 2012
[QUOTE who="wondering."]The precious drill team is all most members care about. How many on the drill team actually go to fires???? A few of the drill team members aren't even in the Copenhagen fire dept, they are with Champion!
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Really if you dont know what your talking about you really should be careful what you say. The drill team has nothing to do with anything but making some jealous townfolk antsy. Life is to short pull your underware out of your ass and live instead of bitching about nothing. Honestly life is way to short for this garbage
Concerned Resident

United States

#16 Nov 20, 2012
As a resident of the area that is covered by the CVFD it very much concerns me that so much of the departments money is spent on the race team that is so pointless! I mean for crying out loud racing has NOTHING to do with actual fire service, the skills involved, and training required for said service. The money allocated to this pointless racing team could be spent on much more valuable things. These other things could include new equipment, new apparatus, and a more modern training regiment. Some cite the race team as a way to train. I laugh when I hear this because it has nothing to do with actual firefighting or the skills needed to address emergency situations. Has anyone ever actually seen a race and how pointless it is? If not I'm certain you have "heard" one, whether or not you wanted to. This race team is suffocating the department and holding back those within the department who actually are dedicated to serving the community and NOT racing. Even worse people are not joining, because they do not want to be associated to a department where the majority of the membership cares more about when the next race is and how to prepare for that, instead of training and preparing for the next emergency scenario.
Disgraceful

Cambridge, MA

#17 Nov 20, 2012
Number one, if you are not part of the community, you should not be commenting on this forum.
Number two, if you are not part of the department, you should not be commenting on this forum.
If there came a horrible point in my life where i would need assistance from a fire department, god forbid, i wouldnt be so worried as to who was saving my most valuable possessions, including my family and pets, let alone the things i hold dear.
I have read every comment on here and if you dont know the circumstances of every allegation made on this page, you need to take a step back and think about what you are alleging!! This is a public forum but not the place to be slanderous or defame someones name.
I think that maybe people should take a step back 20 years when the only reason anyone even knew where copenhagen was was because of field days and the race that was held during that time. Some of you may not realize it, but firematics are a major part of firefighting tradition. If you decided to go to a part of new york outside of the tiny village of copenhagen, you would realize that there are teams all over. This isnt a small sport, nor does it have nothing to do with the fire department! Open your eyes to more than just the tiny area encompassed by main street, copenhagen.
Lastly, if you dont have all the facts to support every allegation and comment you are making, dont share that comment.
Only in Lewis County

Saranac Lake, NY

#18 Nov 20, 2012
Hey Disgraceful, where are you coming from here? This is a public forum. What's wrong with a little discussion. Have you ever heard of free speech?
I would be worried about a fire department that shows up at my house and they have a criminals in the department. I would have to worry not only about my life and family but my property being taken by someone that I should have complete trust in. The fire department is held to high standards and should do everything possible to maintain the standard. This includes removing members that have a criminal history. I should not have to worry that my valuables will end up in someones pockets during an emergency.
I think some of these posts enlighten the community of what is going on with their fire department. They need to know what is going on with the departments members and what they are doing with the funds that are paid for fire protection by the community.
Disgraceful said to look back 20 years when the only reason anyone knew of Copenhagen was the races? It sounds like you are stuck in the past my friend. The races are gone. They may have been big all those years ago, but many departments have moved on and realized that these races no longer bring anything to table to benefit the department.

There are a approximately 1750 departments in the state of New York. It can be found that there are around 100 departments that have a race team. This means that 6% of the departments in New York have a race team. What this means is that this whole race team thing is dying. It seems that it is time to move on and let it go. I am sure 20 years ago the costs were not a limiting factor for race teams. Today the costs far out weigh the results. If someone gets hurt today, it costs the community more to pay for the injuries in more taxes. There are families in the community that are struggling to make ends meet and probably see the race team as an excess and wonder why they have to pay a tax to a fire department that uses the money to go out and race and have a good time on their dime.
It is time for the department to be a fire department and not a race team, I and others want to be sure that if we needed the department for help, they would be able to step up and do the job, not stand around and watch other departments come in to help and do the work.
Scott

Redwood, NY

#19 Nov 20, 2012
I feel compelled to respond: On January 11, 2012 @ 3:09AM I received this call from my son, "house is on fire, trying to get everyone out" end of call. I was out the door within a minute and in the village within 2 minutes. There was already an engine on the scene. Members on the scene, Lynn, Shane, & Tyler Henry, Scott Alexander, Gerald Snyder, Ed Wood, Mark Souva, Pat Mahar, Matt Mahar, Matt Petrie, Jerry Flanders and several others. One member of the general public.(if I didn't mention you I'm sorry)

Lynn was operating the Engine, Shane and Scott were on the hose, Pat and Matt were pulling down ceiling and walls. Within 8 minutes the fire was knocked down, 95% of the $35,000 in damage was to the outside of the house. Why? Because these guys train all summer. Why? Because they love what they do. Why? because they are dedicated to protecting Life and Property of people they don't know or judge.

There are over 400 residents in the village, these 8 or 10 guys didn't roll over and go back to sleep when the fire whistle quit blowing. My wife and I are grateful for everyone of them that showed up and saved that house. Remember this was January 11 in the middle of the night.

Regarding the drill team: This thing has been talked about and talked about. The drill team raises money to buy its own needs, they pay for their fuel for the "Drill Vehicles", they pay for their engines, tires, hose, buckets clothing etc. The department pays for insurance & transporting the vehicles and fuel. We do this for liability purposes. The money generated during our annual Field Day and Firematic Drill more than offsets those expense's.

Regarding the "family" that is mentioned repeatedly: We have bylaws for handling "issues". The village has our bylaws, if any individual breaks the law and is "convicted" the village will not have to act, the department will act. Legally we can not act if someone is going through the legal process. Think about it, we and the village could be sued, who does that help no one. Currently the individuals in question have not been convicted of anything. Here in the United States of America, we are innocent until proven guilty.

If a member of the public takes issue with something a member says or does at the Fire Station of during a Fire Call, please report it to the Chief, or to a member of the village board. We can't correct an issue or behavior if all we have is hear say comments. If you see someone who is doing something outside of a fire call/event and they are breaking the law, call the police, but don't blame the entire Fire Department. Every member of the Fire Department wants to improve our image in the community. We have discussed it during the development of our five year plan.

I agree with Smokin, if you have a problem join the department and fight for change. Don't come on here and complain. Don't roll over after the whistle is done blowing, get up at 3:09 in the dead of winter and come help your neighbor.

There are 46 members who have raised over $160,000 of the $335,000 needed to pay for a new engine to protect you, regardless of your thoughts or comments expressed on this forum. There are 46 members who have completed the hundreds of hours of New York State training required before you can even go and fight a fire. There are 46 members that would welcome you into a brotherhood that you probably don't understand and won't understand unless you join the fire service.
Marcy Flanders

Penn Yan, NY

#20 Nov 21, 2012
These posts about the Copenhagen Fire Department really upset me, along with other posts made regarding Copenhagen. I have not read them but from these posts, I can only imagine the hate that is being spread through them. My name is Marcy Flanders and I grew up in Copenhagen and I would like to share my experience with the fire department. For as long as I can remember, my dad was always a part of the fire department and my mom was also in the women’s auxiliary. I can truly say that I could not have been brought up around a better group of supportive people and friends.

As a child and still to this day, if my parents or I need help with anything, these people and friends have always been there. I can not count the number of times they were there to help whether it was for moving our house, coming to get my car in the middle of the night when it broke down the side of the road, or even giving me references for jobs or other activities. I even received awards from the auxiliary when I graduated high school with was a great honor. These are just some of the things but the list is much greater when I look back. I know their helping hand is not just extended to my family, or one another but to many other people in the community of Copenhagen and many communities beyond. Through the fire department I learned a work ethic like no other, that will remain beneficial to me. I grew up with the children of those in the fire department and auxiliary which includes the Henry boys. Us kids have all been helping at functions, dinners, fundraisers, and events since we were younger. It was long days of standing on your feet to prepare dinners for other people, or a chicken BBQ to raise money for the drill team. We grew up learning that you work hard at whatever your doing to get results and support that you need. As I got older, I knew I wanted to be a part of the fire department in a larger aspect. As I just wrote in a paper for my college english class, I used to hope that while I was in the car with my dad, his pager would go off so I could go to the scene of a fire or accident with him to get even the slightest experience of what they really set out to do. I say this for myself and for the Henry boys or anyone else who grew up in this organization, you wanted to be a part of that aspect of the fire department because you learned that helping others is one of the most important things you can do in life.

These people that you are so quickly judging are the same people that have been getting up out of bed in the dead of night, in the middle of a blizzard to help your family, friends, or even their friends when they go into a ditch or their smoke detector goes off, whether there is a fire or not. When you’re away on summer vacation, these are the people that are always there incase your house catches on fire. These are the people who will time and time again provide services to your friends and family, whether it be through benefits or times of loss. This is despite these terrible, hurtful posts on the internet, despite your terrible untruthful gossip. We do these things out of the kindness of our hearts. Maybe you should think about that. Maybe you should take into consideration that these people are not perfect, we are all human, but we are mature enough to rise above stuff like this and still come to your rescue in times when you need it. We do not judge you based on your criminal record or the way you are acting, we do what is first nature to us and we respond with help. Our helping hands reach out to people beyond Copenhagen, to a traveler coming through town that needs a place to stay at night or to families that need shelter in times of disaster. I just can not say enough of what the fire department has done for everyone and those are things that we should all be grateful for.

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