NEWBURGH - On Thursday, January 30, 2014, the City of Newburgh Fire Department said goodbye to five veteran firefighters. Assistant Chief Scott Mandoske, Assistant Chief Stephen Giacco, Captain Mark Bethea, Captain William Karsten and Lieutenant Sean Maher officially worked their last shifts before retirement.
Assistant Chief Mandoske joined the fire department on June 27, 1987; Assistant Chief Giacco, on September 5, 1990; Captain Bethea, April 17, 1986; Captain Karsten, January 13, 1994; and Lieutenant Maher on July 13, 1982. Together, they logged more than 130 years of service on the department.
Mayor Judy Kennedy commented, "I would like to personally thank these dedicated firefighters for all they have done for the people of the City of Newburgh. From putting themselves in harm’s way to helping to make the community a safer place, they have served our residents well."
Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo commented, "I have known these firefighters for many years, and they have done outstanding work. In addition to their regular duties, on many occasions they have helped ensure that events such as the July 4 and the International Festival go smoothly, and it was good to know that I could always count on them. I wish them the very best of luck in their retirements."
Interim City Manager James A. Slaughter noted, "We wish our retirees all the best. As these five firefighters leave, new graduates from the Academy are coming on duty. They will have some big boots to fill."
Fire Chief Michael Vatter added, "With all their years of combined experience, they provided me with good counsel in guiding the operations of the Fire Department. On behalf of the men and women of the City of Newburgh Fire Department, we wish them Good Luck and Congratulations."