Parade of Champions Held for West Hempstead Westerners [Photos]

Community celebrates fire drill teams recent New York State Championship.

It was West Hempstead's equivalent of a ticker tape parade only the Canyon of Heroes was Hempstead Avenue and the floats were mostly fire trucks.

The community joined the West Hempstead Westerners, the West Hempstead Volunteer Fire Department's motorized drill team, Saturday night in celebrating their recent New York State Championship with a festive block party and parade.

A horse provided by the New York State Equestrian Center in West Hempstead, led the parade, followed by fire trucks, police cars and other vehicles carrying the Westerners, the large collection of trophies they earned during the 2012 season, and teams from Roslyn, West Sayville and Islip, who came in second, third and fourth, respectively, in the state motorized tournament held on Aug. 18 in Main Transit.

The Oct. 13 parade started on Roosevelt Boulevard, traveled up Hempstead Avenue and turned down Maplewood Street. It ended outside the West Hempstead firehouse, where the 16 members of the winning drill team received a warm reception from their friends, family, neighbors, fellow volunteers and other fans. Confetti flew, "We are the Champions" played and they hoisted the state championship trophy high for all to see.  

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Phill Gibbs October 19, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Well another waste of taxpayer dollars on toys for the firefighters
joseph a. October 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Congrats to our community firefighters!! BUT I have a question . What does this "sport" cost us as taxpayers for their trucks,equipment,etc? And what does this have to do with putting out fires etc in our community. With our economy so poor how can we afford to support these teams. I also read this year about a fireman who was on a team in Elmont who was severly injured at one of these events and the Elmont fire dept closed down the team. Does every fire department have a team? Can someone from the fire department who know about how this team is funded please respond. Thanks
Volunteer fireman October 20, 2012 at 01:01 PM
@ joseph - dont expect that kind of investigative reporting from the Patch as they just wont do it. Does Tara seriously want us to believe that race cars are paid for by donations and that it helps firefighter skilss. Lets stop with all those lies. It is not needed to attract new members as departments without those items still attract new members. What its really about is firefighters in special districts being able to push through taxes to support these things without the community knowing.
joseph a. October 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM
maybe somone from the West Hempstead Fire Department can answer this question for the readers. Who pays for this and what is the annual cost?
joseph a. October 23, 2012 at 10:18 AM
maybe somone from the West Hempstead Fire Department who knows this information can answer this question for the readers. Who pays for this and what is the annual cost?


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