Photos: Firemen's pride on parade

The Enterprise — James E. Gardner

Bearing the colors, Albany County Sheriff’s deputies lead the marching contingent of hosting Altamont, Guilderland Center, and Knox firefighters during Saturday’s parade in Altamont. The Knox drum line provides the cadence as they march up Main Street in the Albany County Volunteer Firemen’s Association parade.

The Enterprise — James E. Gardner

Leafy green reflections are seen in the windshield of a North Bethlehem Fire Department truck in Saturday’s parade as it rolls by Orsini Park in Altamont. Despite Saturday’s perfect weather, few spectators turned out to watch the parade of over 14 volunteer fire departments, with marchers and apparatus. A party and awards ceremony followed.

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

Standing proud: The Altamont Fire Department won the award for Best Appearing Tanker Saturday after the three-quarter mile Albany County Volunteer Firemen’s Association parade in Altamont on Saturday. Holding the award is chief Robert White. He is flanked by Frank Papa, left, president of the ACVFA, and William Eck, who is also a long-time leader in the ACVFA.

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

The Best Appearing Color Guard award went to the Ravena Hose Company Saturday. The company also earned the Walter W. Eck Sr. Memorial Traveling Trophy, named after William Eck’s father. The event was hosted by the Altamont, Guilderland Center, and Knox volunteer fire departments in Altamont. A picnic followed the parade.

Men marched and fire trucks rolled — they came from all across Albany County — down Altamont's Main Street Saturday. The day, which ended with a picnic, was a celebration of volunteerism

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