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‘Volunteer Firefighters: Heroes Among Us’

Volunteer firefighters will be honored with an exhibit opening at the DVAA in Narrowsburg on September 6.
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September 4, 2013

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Volunteer Firefighters: Heroes Among Us,” featuring photographic portraits and interviews highlighting the complex day-to-day experiences and unique roles of local firefighters, opens Friday, September 6 in the LOFT gallery at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show, created by Ellen Bay and John Dzwonar from Milanville, PA, runs through Saturday, September 28 with a closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m., to coincide with the Sullivan County fire parade on Main Street in Narrowsburg.

Over the past six months, Bay and Dzwonar interviewed firefighters while Bay photographed them, focusing on 17 men and women at five fire houses in New York’s Delaware River Valley, including Callicoon, Highland Lake, Lake Huntington, Lava and Narrowsburg. The group ranges in age from 19 to mid-80s, and includes interior and exterior firefighters and support personnel.

Through images and interviews, the show examines the motivations, values, and shared commitment to their communities of this group. The conversations ranged from humorous to intense, including such comments as “Last month I had 50 years active as a fireman; they told me the first 50 are the hardest” to the comment, “I prove myself every day, every call I go to... that is part of what keeps me coming back.”

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