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 third of four profiles featuring the award recipients.
Daniel Mowers of Canastota -- Lincoln Firemen
Q: How old are you?
Q: How long have you been a volunteer?
A: Retired from firefighting after 45 years (held positions including Chief of Fire Department and Fire Police Captain).
Q: What is your occupation?
A: Before retiring, worked as drill operator at AW Kincaid.
Q: What do your hobbies consist of?
A: Volunteering, building birdhouses
Q: Why did you become a volunteer?
A: I moved into town and thought it'd be a good thing to do and be a way to meet people. I thought it was a good thing at the time.
Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering?
A: Just the enjoyment I get out of it and helping other people.
Q: Do you have a moment while volunteering that sticks out?
A: There was this one bad accident. I was the first one on the scene. Three people were killed. That took quite awhile to get over. But also, doing a lot of inside work like fundraisers.
Q: If asked, what do you think the other volunteers you work with would say about you?
A: I don't know. We all get along good.
Q: What do you think of being selected for this recognition?
A: I think it's a great honor to join the ranks. There's been a lot of them before me.