The WNY EMS Community lost a legend. Karen Eleczko aka “Trauma Mama” passed away after recent declines in her health. Her expertise reached far and wide over the area and as a result the countless lives saved through her training. Thank you for being not only devoted to the community but also to our department where you held many offices. Your legacy will live on through your family! Rest easy Ma we will take it from here! “Trauma Mama” had a huge impact on the Western New York EMS community as well as right here in our Clarence community. Whether you knew her or not, she taught many of our fine EMTs. Because of her we are able to better serve you today! Our thoughts are with the Eleczko family and the Millgrove Volunteer Fire Department this evening as they mourn her loss.
The History of the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company
The formation of a volunteer fire company at Harris Hill was underway in October of 1936 with twenty-three men signifying their intention of becoming charter members.
The Harris Hill Volunteer Fire company would be incorporated on January 7th, 1937, with John H. Farrell acting as President and Chief to fifty brand new firefighters. The bi-monthly meetings were held at various members homes, the school basement, or The Rose Garden on Wehrle Dr. They battled fires with one truck and didn’t even have an established district until 1939. Some of their first equipment included a dozen rubber coats and boots they purchased for $10.50.
To raise operating funds, the new fire company held "Smoker Parties" every few months. The first Monte Carlo party required an outlay of $209.55 and returned $210.85. An annual picnic and carnival was held on Saturday July 20th, 1940. The affair was open to the public and attracted hundreds. The signing of a Fire Protection contract with the Town of Clarence in 1941 eased financial worries. The Town of Clarence paid 1/10th of the assessed valuation of all homes in the district. At the time of signing, it came to about $550.00.
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