I am saddened to share with you the loss of one of our finest members, Herb Williams.
Herb was the man that never hesitated to help with any task at the station, always had a smile and amazing sense of humor. He was adopted by our ladies auxiliary as a member because he was always there to assist in preparation of food especially the clam chowder.
Herb was awarded status of honorary life membership not long ago, he also served as our Sergeant at Arms for several years. His service is greatly appreciated and will be forever treasured, he is going to be missed.
Herb, rest easy our beloved brother and friend we’ll take it from here Sir. ... See MoreSee Less
This morning’s fireEmergency crews were dispatched to 22 Oakbrook Manor, Apartment B, in Ravena for a reported structure fire at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22.
Upon arrival of crews, the entire building was heavily involved in fire and a signal 30 was declared, indicating a working structure fire.
Dispatch information stated there were multiple callers reporting hearing screaming from inside the building and residents trying to get their pets out of the burning structure.
Deputy Chief Kevin Phillips of the Ravena Fire Department arrived on the scene and stated he noticed heavy fire coming from an apartment and spreading across the roof line.
Upon his arrival there were members of the Coeymans Police Department and Albany County Sheriff's Department knocking on doors and evacuating residents from the buildings.
He says the resident in the apartment where the fire is believed to have originated also helped evacuate residents.
The two neighboring buildings were also evacuated as a precaution, but residents in those two buildings have since been allowed back inside.
Phillips says it took approximately one hour to get the fire under control.
Firefighters faced issues with water supply when fighting the fire.
"We know from previous experience that the water hydrant on Route 9W, across from the entrance to Oakbrook Manor, is the best hydrant," Phillips said.
Due to firefighters connecting to the hydrant across Route 9W, the road was closed from Route 143 to Aquetuck Road.
Fire hydrants within the Oakbrook Manor Apartment Complex have given firefighters troubles in the past as well.
Firefighters were at Oakbrook Manor just over one week prior on June 11th for a structure fire in building 26.
Arriving crews had found fire coming from the ceiling in a balcony from one of the apartments and were able to contain the fire to the apartment.
While fighting that fire, crews had difficulty opening the hydrants within the complex.
Both fires seem to have started in the ceiling of an apartment and spread to the roof line and are believed to be caused by electrical issues.
While fighting this fire there were multiple hot spots that would flare up and crews had to keep attempting to get to the fire in the void spaces in the attic.
The roof of the building collapsed during the firefight.
Ladder 26-70 from Ravena and Ladder 29-70 from Selkirk were placed on opposite sides of the building to provide light, water, and also give crews an overhead view of the structure.
Multiple pets were rescued from the structure, even after the roof collapsed.
There were three cats, a hamster and a bearded dragon that were rescued from the building.
At one point firefighters noticed a cat that was walking across the roof.
"After doing some overhaul we noticed on the northern-side of the structure that there was a cat at the peak of the roof," said Deputy Chief Phillips. "Firefighters from Coeymans went up there with an extension ladder and the cat ended up going to them and they were able to bring it down."
Fire departments on the scene included Ravena, Coeymans, Coeymans Hollow, New Baltimore, Selkirk, Coxsackie, Bethlehem FAST Team, Medway-Grapeville with their rehab trailer.
Fire departments on standby included Selkirk, Onesquethaw, Slingerlands, Earlton, Coxsackie.
Also on the scene was Ravena Rescue, Albany County Paramedics, Albany County Sheriff's Department, Coeymans Police.
According to Phillips, all occupants were accounted for.
He says there were approximately 10 residents displaced by the fire and that Oakbrook Manor has since provided alternate shelter for those displaced.
Some firefighters were treated at the scene for exhaustion from the heat, however, there were no other injuries reported on the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be electrical. ... See MoreSee Less
With great pride today, our President Jerry DeLuca and Chief Bill Kapusta awarded member Herb Williams as an Honorary Life Member of Coeymans Hollow Volunteer fire company. President Jerry DeLuca and Town Supervisor George McHugh also a member, swore Herb in as Sargent at Arms of Coeymans Hollow Fire. Supervisor George McHugh awarded Herb Williams with a community service award for his dedication to our community signed by all councilmen. Brandon LeFevre Ken Burns Dan Baker Zach Collins.
All of our participants today, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I’m afraid if I try to tag everyone I’ll miss someone and feel horrible.
Please share this wide and far for an amazing man!!!A longtime local resident in Alcove battling cancer received a parade and a ceremony in front of his home honoring him for his dedication to his community.
Herb Williams Jr, 77, was diagnosed with cancer last year, according to his son Herb Williams III.
According to Michelle Kapusta, the organizer of the parade, Williams has a rapidly spreading cancer that he is receiving radiation for and his wife, Rose, is being treated for cancer as well.
A parade was held to honor Williams as well as a brief ceremony where he was sworn in as Sergeant at Arms and Honorary Life Member of the Coeymans Hollow Fire Department, which he has been a part of for many years.
Town of Coeymans Supervisor George McHugh was also at the event to present Williams an appreciation award for his amount of community service he has committed his time to.
"He does everything for everybody," said his son, Herb Williams III. "Even while he was in the hospital he was worrying about what was happening in the neighborhood and if everybody is alright."
The parade included all apparatus from the Coeymans Hollow Fire Department, Medway-Grapeville Fire Department, Westerlo Fire Department, Coeymans Police, Albany County Sheriff's Department, Excelsior Punishers , Albany Punishers and Excelsior Guardian Belles motorcycle groups, Town of Coeymans Highway Department, Town of New Baltimore Highway Department.
Williams is a retired employee of the New Baltimore Highway Department.
After the ceremony was over, the original tractor that Williams used at his time at the New Baltimore Highway Department was brought out to him as a surprise.
He was asked if he had anything to add and with tears in his eyes he replied "thank you."
"Without the amazing team that we have here, things like this just aren't possible," said Kapusta. "I hope that every department around every area of the world could have what we have here." ... See MoreSee Less