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GCFD swears in new officers at annual installation banquet

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The Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department held its annual installation dinner on Jan. 13, at the Crescent Beach Bay Club, to swear in new officers and honor outgoing officers for their service to the department. Ex-chief Michael Maher moderated the festivities.

Incoming GCVFD Chief Robert Marino welcomed department members, their families and distinguished guests, after which Mayor Timothy Tenke swore in the officers of each of GCVFD’s four companies, the fire police unit and the rescue squad.

“I wish to extend a note of gratitude to the membership for electing me as chief of the department for the next two years,” said Marino. “I will work with my three assistant chiefs to maintain the high quality of standards and leadership that have been the hallmark of each and every chief over the department’s 180-plus year history,” he said.

“The city owes a great debt of gratitude to our volunteer fire department,” said Tenke, “as each and every time the horn sounds, you voluntarily put your lives on the line for the safety of our community.” Tenke added his congratulations to Marino as he took the department’s help, as well as thanking outgoing chief Phillip Grella Jr. “for his outstanding service to the department.”