James Reagan

The award this year goes to an individual who joined the Fire Company twenty-six years ago . He has been busy advancing in the fire service as well as the emergency medical service. Having served in the capacities of Vice-President, 3rd Lieutenant, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, he currently holds the rank of Captain since 1997.

The award this year goes to an individual who joined the Fire Company twenty-six years ago . He has been busy advancing in the fire service as well as the emergency medical service. Having served in the capacities of Vice-President, 3rd Lieutenant, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, he currently holds the rank of Captain since 1997. While advancing through these offices he was also spending the many hours required to become proficient in the EMS field. Becoming an EMT and advancing to Paramedic status he has contributed significantly to the Town of Bethlehem and surrounding communities. Being one of the first local paramedics, he was appointed to the Town EMS Task Force, which laid the groundwork for ALS, or advanced life support services in our community. He has taken the knowledge he gained and made it a career. Currently, working as a paid paramedic for the Town of Guilderland, he he is a supervisor for the paramedic program. He has been awarded and recognized for his life saving efforts and successful heart attack reversals. He is a member of the Albany County Fire Advisory Board which is by appointment of the County Legislature. Under this heading he also serves with Albany County EMS, Albany County Recruitment, Albany County 911 radio committee and Albany County Quality Improvement. His concept of Firefighters and Their Role at Motor Vehicle Accidents was published by Firehouse Magazine. With this insight Elsmere started sending apparatus to accident scenes. This is now common throughout the County. Present responsibilities as Captain are training and safety. He has taken many county and state training courses and has also taught many EMS, first aid and CPR classes for Elsmere members. The 2001 recipient of the Kenneth E. McNary Achievement Award is Jim Reagan!