2015 Public Budget Hearing

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     The public hearing for the 2015 budget of the Carthage/Wilna Fire District will be held at the fire station, 685 S James St, Carthage on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

     A copy of the proposed budget can be seen under the "Carthage-Wilna Fire District" tab above (click on Minutes & Agendas) or at the Wilna Town Clerk's office, 414 State St, Carthage.

     The purpose of the public hearing is to allow any person to be heard in favor of or against the proposed budget as it is submitted, or for or against any item or items contained in the proposed budget, and hearing all persons interested in the subject concerning same.

Linda Prashaw, Secretary/Treasurer



With Heartfelt Sympathy to the Family

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                                                                            "A BROTHER IS NEVER FORGOTTEN"

Chuck Hoffman         patch Charles W. Hoffman Sr.        


   Former "Fire Chief" 1981-1983

  45 year member of Carthage Fire Department

(April 1957 through April 2002)


CARTHAGE, N.Y.  —  Charles (Chuck) W. Hoffman Sr., 87, died early Monday, Sept. 29, at Lewis County General  Hospital Residential Care Facility, Lowville, where he had been a resident for a short time.

Born Dec. 19, 1926, near Fort Stanwick in Rome, N. Y., a son William and Minnie Smith Hoffman, he moved to Carthage with his family at age 8.

Chuck began working as a young boy after attending Carthage Schools.  He worked in the old Ice House for the railroad in Carthage, moving on to the logging industry and construction of roads in local areas. 

He married Pauline Whitney in 1945. Pauline died in 1983.

Chuck worked for a brief time with the Fort Drum Fire Department. In 1965, he went to work for Braman Manufacturing Co., leaving there to become the Superintendent of DPW for the village of Carthage 1983, retiring in 1990. 

Active in the Carthage Fire Dept in 1957 through 2004, serving as Fire Chief from 1980 through 1983, he left that role to become the DPW Chief. He was a member of the Carthage Nighthawks drill team. 

Chuck was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, excelling at most. He was an active member and current President of the Bear Lake Hunting Club. For many years, he was a member of the Carthage Rod and Gun Club and the Trap Team. As a young man, he played on local fast pitch softball teams. His greatest enjoyment was hunting and fishing.

In addition to his wife, Chuck was predeceased by his brothers Richard, Carleton “Babe” and Francis “Bubby” and a sister Dorothy Meyers. Two daughters, Janet Marie and Rita Ellen, died in early childhood due to illness. A daughter, Rosemary Franklin, died in 2009. Four grandsons, Darrin Hoffman, Douglas Franklin, James Gudridge, Terry Elmore, and a great-grandson, J.D. Bowen, passed before him.

Surviving are a sister, Patricia McMahon, Carthage, sons Ronald (Sally) Hoffman, Randy (Deborah) Hoffman, Charles “Crockett” (Kim) Hoffman Jr., all of Carthage, Russell (Gaby) Hoffman, of Darmstadt, Germany, and Gerald (Judy) Hoffman, of Watson and Florida, daughters Ruth (Deward) Barrier, Natural Bridge, and Deborah (James) Hoyt, Ephrata, Pa., 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the chapel of the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Carthage.  Visitation will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Carthage Fire Department 685 S James St, Carthage, NY 13619.


Nighthawks Drill Team - Return

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The Nighthawks drill team have their first race at Lake Placid - July 19, 2014

Pictured kneeling in front: Mark Roberts Jr and Cole Pacella; Back row from left to right: Keith Bush, Zach Intorcia, Chuck Bluto, Sean McHale, Matt Draper, Tyler Clemons and Brian Draper

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Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Carthage-Wilna Fire District and the Carthage Fire Department to provide the highest quality of professional emergency services that are humanly possible. As first responders to fire calls, accidents and public safety issues we strive to protect the lives and property of the residents and visitors of our community.

The fire department holds regular and special training sessions for its members to ensure the safety of each firefighter as well as to provide superior service to the community.

Our Values

SERVICE: The Department will continue its unwavering call to protect and serve.
BRAVERY: Bravery is the ability to overcome fear through fortitude, instinct, compassion for others and training.
SAFETY: We strive to keep our citizens free from danger, especially deliberate, harmful acts. With the best equipment and training, the Department can reduce the risk to the public and its members at fires and other emergencies.
DEDICATION: A commitment to the objectives of our mission is an essential part of our code of conduct. The faithful observance of duty calls for us to fulfill our obligations professionally and honestly. We inspire each other through pride in our units, which is a belief that every action reflects on all the members of the District and the Department, both past and present.