Hamburg, NY - Friday was Firemen's Day at the Erie County Fair and the day over a dozen volunteer firefighters were honored by the county's volunteer firemen's association.
But it was an emotional day for the Tucker family. That's because Fred Tucker Sr., a volunteer firemen for the Scranton Fire company for the past 54 years passed away five months ago before he could receive the Fire Service Lifetime Achievement award Friday. His wife and children say he was the best fireman around.
"My dad left during the middle of holidays, during the kids birthdays, anytime the whistle blew he went because that's what he loved to do," said Ann marie Tobin, Fred Tucker Sr.'s daughter.
"He would get up at three o'clock in the morning the fire police were always the first ones there and the last ones to leave, it doesn't phase any of these people here, that's what they do then they get up at 8 o'clock in the morning and go to work," said Fred Tucker Jr.
While the Tuckers received their father's award on his behalf a younger award recipient stepped up to receive hers. Junior firefighter Brittany Brem from the Seneca Fire House won the Junior Firefighter of the Year award.
"I've always been interested in helping people and my dad's actually a volunteer and I've been around it my whole life so I just really have a great big interest for it," said Brem.
In all Erie County has 92 volunteer fire companies. This year Snyder, Kenmore and Hamburg fire received the 2010 Awards for excellence in teamwork from the Firefighter Newspaper.
"It doesn't really matter what patch is on your shoulder, it's a common good, a lot of us come from multi-generations of fire service and doing things for the benefit of others so that's not bragging it's just how we approach what we do in our daily lives," said David Sherman, the editor of the Firefighters Newspaper.
After receiving their awards the firefighters participated in a firefighters parade.