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Longtime Firefighter Honored on 104th Birthday

Longtime Firefighter Honored on 104th Birthday

S. Delvalle Goldsmith

Times Herald-Record via YellowBrix

March 24, 2010

GOSHEN — Glen Arden’s oldest resident, S. Delvalle Goldsmith, was honored recently with a surprise 104th birthday party that included a dozen members of the Patterson Fire Department, where Del served as department chaplain and fire policeman for 50 years.

Arrangements for the party were made by Lt. John Bodor, under whom Del served while with the department.

Along with many cards and gifts, Del, the department’s chaplain emeritus, was presented a white chaplain’s cap and new department “class A” uniform jacket bearing 10 gold stripes on the sleeve. Each stripe represents five years of service to the department.

“The white hat is a real mark of honor normally reserved for a chief,” said Del, who was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1942. “I’d never worn a white hat in the past, just a blue one.”

Also on hand to enjoy a large sheet cake bearing the department logo were Del’s son Steve, his daughter Debby Franz, and more than 50 other residents of Glen Arden, a continuing care retirement community where Del has lived independently since 2000.

To commemorate his 100th birthday, the Patterson Fire Department in 2000 officially named its main firehouse the “Patterson, N.Y., Fire Department, S. Del Goldsmith-Station 1” in his honor.