MAHOPAC, N.Y. - At the annual Installation Dinner of the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department (MFVFD) held last month at Villa Barone in Mahopac, two Life Members reaching 50 years of active service were acknowledged and celebrated.

Firefighters Walt Jackel and Jack Casey were introduced by Past Director John Mulvaney to whom this year’s dinner was dedicated.

Jackel was recognized for being instrumental in organizing and making the Mahopac Falls Dive Team a reality> It was said that he “hung up his fins” after being an original member of the team and serving for 50 years.  A member of the Board of Directors, Jackel still turns out for ambulance calls and fire police duties at fires and car accidents.

Casey has been involved in the EMS before the MFVFD had an ambulance by riding with the neighboring Mahopac Fire Department for 32 years, 28 as an EMT. Working for the school district for 36 years, a daytime presence from The School guys was a blessing for the Town of Carmel and surrounding departments. Still responding to calls as fire police or public information officer, the public gets a firsthand look at what its fire department does when the siren goes off because of Casey’s photographs and his relationship with local newspapers resulting in the many pictures they get to add to their articles.