On Oct. 8, seven members of the Skaneateles Fire Department traveled to the Empire State Plaza in Albany to participate in the annual New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony. This year, Skaneateles Firefighter George W. Dove’s name was added to the memorial. Firefighter Dove died in the line of duty on July 12, 1965 while extinguishing a brush fire in Lakeview Cemetery. While purging the files of the former village hall, Village Historian Jorge Batlle, who is also a member of the SFD and its historian, located a manila folder inscribed with “George Dove LOD” which caught his attention. Upon further inspection, historian Batlle realized that he had located all of paperwork related to the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter Dove. Shortly thereafter, Historian Batlle informed the members of the SFD of this unfortunate circumstance upon which further inquiry was launched. After a thorough review of all of the supporting documentation, it became apparent that Firefighter Dove’s untimely death had been overlooked and had not been properly memorialized at the local or state level. Efforts were launched to provide Firefighter Dove with the proper recognition that he so rightly deserved. On May 16, 2013, Firefighter Dove’s name was added to the Onondaga County’s Palladium Monument in downtown Syracuse honoring the fallen Sheriffs and Firefighters of Onondaga County followed by the recent inclusion of his name in the “Roll of Honor” at the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany.
It should also be noted, that Borodino Firefighter Gerard Marcheterre’s name was inscribed on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial “Roll of Honor” during the Oct. 8 ceremony as well. Firefighter Marcheterre, a 12-year veteran of the Borodino Fire Department, died on March 6, 2010 while responding with other Borodino firefighters to a call in Spafford. With the inclusion of Borodino Firefighter Marcheterre and Skaneateles Firefighter Dove’s names onto the memorial, their dedication and service will never be forgotten.