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Local firefighter recognized for 60 years of service

A local firefighter is being honored for 60 years of service to the Mohawk Fire Department.

Posted: Sep 22, 2018 10:42 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2018 11:26 PM

ILION, NY-- A local firefighter is being honored for 60 years of service to the Mohawk Fire Department.

Dozens of local fire firefighters from several local department celebrated Ken Palmer, who worked as a firefighter for the past six decades.

WKTV General Manager, Steve Mcmurray, was the master of ceremonies of the event at Francesca's Banquet Hall in Ilion. Several local elected leaders were also in attendance.

Palmer has served as the chaplain for Mohawk and Newport Fire Departments. Palmer said he was inspired by his father who was also a firefighter. He spoke about one of this proudest moments as a chaplain.

"I've had the opportunity to travel across the state as chaplain, chief chaplain," he said. "One of my highlights was laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington DC, ...that's just one of the privileges as serving my community. I just love the fire service that's it."

Rep. Claudia Tenney, R- New Hartford, presented Palmer with a proclamation to honor him for his work.

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