On Saturday, September 16th, Ulster Hose members gathered before the company picnic and dedicated Engine 3 and Ladder 2 to two individuals that were a part of the company for many years and both did extraordinary things to achieve what Ulster Hose is today.
Engine 3 was dedicated to the late Don Brott, who passed away recently. He joined Ulster Hose in 1967, and became a life member after 25 years of active service in 1992. After a brief hiatus from 2007 to 2015, Don rejoined as an active member and was the top responder multiple times after his return. During his time with the company, Don held a rank as high as deputy chief of department, was responsible for the creation of the company’s dive team, and was also the “Clerk of the Works,” overseer of the addition and expansion of headquarters at 830 Ulster Avenue. Don’s family was on hand to receive the dedication in his honor.
Ladder 2 was dedicated to Sam Appa. He joined Ulster Hose in 1976, and became a life member after 25 years of active service in 2001. He is still an active member to this day, and has held many positions within the department, including commissioner from 2006 to 2008, and Chief of Department from 2009 to 2015. As chief, he oversaw an ever-changing landscape in the fire service, wrote and received many grants for Ulster Hose and helped initiate the expansion of headquarters. Former Chief Appa and his family were on hand for his dedication.