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“My dad would always say ‘you don’t want this job’ and I would ask him if he loved his job. And he did. But he said you have to make split second decisions, have to pretend you’re a lawyer and know what the law is, everyone is going to second guess you, they’re going to call you names and no one will appreciate you,” Mascari said. “My uncles on the other hand, were the proudest firefighters you ever saw. And they said you don’t want this job. They said you have crazy stupid hours, you’re going into a place everyone is trying to get out of and your life expectancy, at least back then, is 15 to 20 years less than the public.”

Mascari showed the crowd a picture of Francis Borasky, the 35-year-old father of two who died after being stabbed by Isaac Cantu. Lt. David Hoffman Jr. was one of the EMTs who responded that night and Mascari said he did everything he could, everything appropriate and accompanied Borasky to the Oneida Emergency room to where he died.

“We always need to remember the sacrifice these people make and that the job is absolutely worth it. That is where my dad was wrong, and that is where my uncles were wrong,” Mascari said. “They spoke to it on a perspective of the toll it took on them and missed out on what it does for the rest of us.”

“As most of you know, tonight will be my last presentation as fire chief. On May 30, I’ll probably close out a 28 year career in public service to my hometown of Oneida,” Salerno said. “This department has been part of my entire life and will never forget. The memories will last a lifetime.”

“They come to me with ideas. They do the leg work, and I just facilitate things for them,” Salerno said. “These guys should be proud of the things they’ve accomplished over the past few years. The Oneida Fire Department is better trained, prepared and ready to provide service to everyone who calls us in their time of need.”

When it came to choosing a recipient, Salerno said his choice is a great example of drive, dedication and selflessness that helps move the Oneida Fire Department forward and deserving of the 2017 Oneida’s Club – Charlie Decker Fire Fighter of the Year: Dennis Relyea.

“Traditionally, the fire fighter of the year is chosen for a specific call on a specific day. But I chose Relyea for this year’s recipient for his dedication, integrity and positive mental attitude he brings with him to work every single day,” Salerno said. “He’s always upbeat, positive and wants to do whatever he can to make his department and fellow fire fighters successful. He loves his job.”

Salerno said Relyea started his career in the Oneida Fire Department in 2009, became a fire inspector in 2012, an assistant training officer in 2013 and a critical care technician in 2015. Relyea is a former United States Marine, having served in the Middle East and works as a drill sergeant with the Army Reserve.

“One exceptional quality Relyea has is his desire to pass on knowledge to others. He has a passion to help other fire fighters learn the craft, and he’s eager to see his students reach their goals in the fire service,” Salerno said. “He’s currently a New York State fire instructor helping train today’s up and coming fire fighters. These are just some of the examples of the contributions Relyea has made for our department, our city and community above and beyond just being a fire fighter.”

During the early morning of July 15, 2016, officers from the Oneida Police Department responded to a domestic dispute involving a knife. A woman left her residence covered in blood with her three children following shortly after also covered in her blood.

“You can imagine the chaos and hysterics. The woman, who was stabbed multiple times, thought her life was going to end. Responding officers were also gravely concerned that could happen as well,” Thompson said. “Knowing that radio transmissions are recorded, one officer keyed his radio while the victim was speaking so her words were recorded. The responding officers for this situation acted with calm, with courage, professionalism and empathy towards the victim and her children.”

“Officers were dispatched to what was reported to be a neighborhood dispute. What they found was a chaotic situation with several people on the street and sidewalks. Their attention to a man lying down on the sidewalk who had multiple stab wounds,” Thompson said. “Under very difficult circumstances, officers did their best to get immediate medical attention for the victim while also trying to determine what had happened by locating and interviewing witnesses, while trying to identify suspects. Responding officers acted with calm, courage, professionalism and deserve to be recognized.”

“[Gacek] has been part of the department since 2006. He’s always been a leader, in terms of traffic and penal law enforcement and active member of our bike patrol. Lately, this officer has been engaging in school and community presentations and I frequently receive positive feedback with his interactions in the community,” Thompson said. “And this officer was in the inaugural class of the crisis intervention team and remains a member.”

“‘Chief Thompson, I am so happy that you are awarding Police Officer Matthew Gacek for Officer of the Year. I’ve known him for two years since he first became trained as a crisis intervention team officer. As you know, this training enables officer to work effectively with those that suffer from mental illnesses, substance abuse or developmental disabilities,’” Thompson read.