The Canastota Area Association of Churches 30th Annual Appreciation Dinner for Canastota, Lincoln and Wampsville Volunteers is scheduled for Jan. 23 at the Rusty Rail. The Appreciation Night is to recognize the Canastota Firemen, Lincoln Firemen, Wampsville Firemen, Old Time Firemen and members of the Greater Lenox Ambulance Service.
One member from each organization has been selected to be recognized during the event. This is the first of four profiles featuring the award recipients.
Patrick Dwyer of Canastota -- Greater Lenox Ambulance Service
Q: How old are you?
Q: How long have you been a volunteer?
A: Since I was 16.
Q: What is your occupation?
A: New York State Corrections Officer
Q: What do your hobbies consist of?
A: Hunting, fishing, camping
Q: Why did you become a volunteer?
A: I wanted to try something different. I wasn't doing much at school at the time.
Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering?
A: The camaraderie with the other members.
Q: Do you have a moment while volunteering that sticks out?
A: Not really. After ten years, they all kind of blend together.
Q: If asked, what do you think the other volunteers you work with would say about you?
Q: What do you think of being selected for this recognition?
A: I think it's pretty special to be nominated by my peers.
Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?
A: We're always looking for new members.