ALLIGERVILLE – Residents, family, friends, local fire officers and elected officials honored the service provided by the late Arthur Lapp Sr., dedicating the bridge in his hometown of Alligerville as the Arthur D. Lapp Sr. Bridge.
Family members and fellow firefighters, Friday, shared the saga of Lapp Sr.’s life, one that was dedicated to 65 years of service in various firematic-related positions – Accord District chief, treasurer, commissioner, chair of the Ulster Volunteer Firefighters Association and many others including his last title, financial secretary for Accord Fire District.
Not only did he serve his community in that capacity, but he also served his country in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Kerhonkson High in 1952.
Of those that knew him personally, it was said he had a lifelong love of learning, completing his associate’s degree in fire science at the age of 56. Beyond that, he was a known history buff.
That is why Accord District Fire Chief Richard Demorest said it was so significant to have the Alligerville Bridge dedicated to him because it was something he was very knowledgeable of regarding its history.
“He never lost his ability to remember his past. He would have remembered the year the bridge over here was constructed, or even changed or who poured the cement,” said Demorest. “He could on for hours and hours sharing what he knew,” he said.
Those who knew him said what is typically said of most people who dedicate their lives to service; he wouldn’t have wanted the bridge dedicated to him and he would have suggested many others have that honored bestowed upon them, rather than himself.
County Executive Patrick Ryan said that’s exactly the reason he deserves the posthumous dedication.
“For that reason, among many others, it’s even more appropriate and even more meaningful that we do honor someone like that who is a humble, selfless servant,” said Ryan.
The Arthur D. Lapp Sr. Bridge is located on County Route 6 in Alligerville between High Falls and Accord.