Category Archives: Community Service

Community service is a central value of New Rochelle Firefighters, as it is with our brother and sister firefighters all over the world

Mighty Good Thanksgiving Parade

More than 25 of your firefighters donned their dress uniforms Saturday and happily spent their day off marching through New Rochelle alongside our on-duty members and fire trucks.

According to Lohud, spectators along North Ave and Main St. numbered in the thousands. The sidewalks certainly seemed packed  in front of Spectators! Taking it to a new level this year, they even brought Mighty Mouse back to his home town after 75 years, along with several other floats.

Mighty Mouse To Soar In The Sky Above New Rochelle’s Thanksgiving Parade

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The Thanksgiving countdown is on, and while millions will watch the giant floats in the city there is another local parade. As CBS2’s Cindy Hsu explained, it’s all about the superheroes. Remember Mighty Mouse?



Honoring the Fallen: Memorial Day 2016


Memorial Day is a special day for firefighters. Although we fight a different enemy, we understand all too well what it means to lose lives on the battlefield. Many of us also served in the military before joining the department.

It is a privilege to honor our fallen soldiers each year by participating in the ceremony at Memorial Plaza.

The last few years, we’ve had the special honor of supporting the Marines taking off and landing at Glen Island.

Ooh Rah!

Bringing Halloween to Children’s Hospital for 13th Year

Firefighter Ryan Pascuzzi decorating with a child patient
Firefighter Ryan “Peter Pan” Pascuzzi decking the halls with a new friend

VALHALLA, NY, Oct. 29, 2015 ­­ — As costumed New Rochelle Firefighters made their way through the hallways of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, parents’ tense expressions gave way to smiles, as the young patients forgot their surroundings for a few hours and went “trick or treating” like any other kids. Before long, we had a crew of little helpers in tow, transforming the place into a Halloween celebration.

New Rochelle Firefighters get their costumes ready
Pre-game character briefing

“As a parent, the worst thing in the world is seeing your kid hurt or sick. Being able to bring a smile to the parents, who are smiling because their kid gets a kick out of our costumes ­ man that’s great,” said New Rochelle Fire Captain Andrew Sandor.

For the 13th year, this annual tradition has brought families to their feet ­ laughing, smiling and snapping photos that they can’t wait to share. One grandfather explained:

“I have a granddaughter in there with the biggest smile ­ ear to ear ­ and that means the world to us! So, thank you for all that you’re doing!”

Firefighter Andrew Pelham decorates a hospital window
Firefighter Andrew Pelham expressing his creative side

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