Monday, October 9, 2017



Sullivan recognizes first responder heroes, veteran retiree

Martinkovicand Ward

MONTICELLO – Sullivan County legislators honored four volunteer firefighters were recognized for recent heroic action and recognized a recently retired public safety director after almost a half-century of service to the county.  The recognition came during a meeting of the legislature’s Public Safety Committee.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Richard Martinkovic, who retired a year ago after serving as the county’s first commissioner of public safety, a post to which he was appointed in 2004.

Committee Chairwoman Terri Ward said he was instrumental in a critical upgrade of the county’s emergency preparedness following 9/11.

“After the terrorist attack of 2001, it was quickly realized that the fire service in Sullivan County was the backbone of the first responder community, and Dick was instrumental in the creation of the Emergency Services Training Center,” Ward said.

A humble Martinkovic said credit goes to the many people he worked with.

“My success is because of all of you and many that are not in this room today, to work with me and it was a pleasure and an honor.  Thank you.”

Martinkovic joined the Liberty Fire Department in 1970.  Over the next four and a half decades, he served in many capacities within fire services and as an elected official in the village and town of Liberty, where he continues to serve. 

Also recognized were four volunteer firemen.

AJ Washington of the Monticello Fire Department and Shane Cunningham of the White Lake, rescued a disabled person from a burning structure in Smallwood, in 2016.  Tyrone Finn and Justin Arnold of the Bloomingburg Fire Department, rescued a department chief who was knocked unconscious during a 2016 fire in Cragsmoor.  All received Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association Firefighter of the Year Award. 



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