Congratulations to U-Crest Firefighter Jordan Pocobello on being selected to receive the Robert E. Newell Memorial Award as the 2015 Erie County Firefighter 1 Boot Camp Recruit of the Year as nominated by SFI Jim Zymanek:
“For this recruit, the volunteer fire service is a family affair that includes his father, his brother, his uncle and two cousins – but to him it’s about more than just building on the foundation that’s already been laid for him. The word ‘service’ is his reason for joining the volunteer fire service. He says he joined because he loves to make an impact on people by helping them through some of their toughest times. Joining the fire service is a conscious choice that everyone has available to them and he feels it’s the best decision he’s ever made in his life.
This recruit was chosen for this award for his ability to maintain a positive attitude while working hard to overcome his own personal challenges, all the while always offering to help others overcome theirs. His work ethic and attitude toward serving others is “worth investing in.”
I have chosen the recipient of the 2015 The Robert E. Newell Memorial Firefighter 1 Boot Camp Recruit of the Year Award to be Jordan Pocobello from the U-Crest Volunteer Fire Company here in Cheektowaga.”
Bob Newell’s youngest son John, a Captain with the Orchard Park Volunteer Fire Company, was on hand at the graduation ceremony to present the award given in his father’s name.
Krawczyk was one of 33 new volunteer firefighters from across Erie County to graduate from the time and energy-intensive two+ week basic firefighter training.