NEW WINDSOR – Alec Tannenbaum, the Vails Gate volunteer fireman who died unexpectedly on August 4, was laid to rest at Cedar Hill Cemetery in New Windsor on Sunday, August 9.
Tannenbaum, who was also a career fireman with the West Point Fire Department, was honored with a large turnout of firefighters from across the region during a procession that led to the cemetery where a private service was held.
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Eden Noller was sworn in as a Vails Gate firefighter on the same night as Tannenbaum and she said he was like a brother to her.
“Being the fact that I am only 21 and he is eight years older than me it’s really, really sad because he was so young, and it definitely wasn’t his time yet. He is definitely going to be missed by a lot including myself,” she said.
Fire Chief James Merritt said Tannenbaum had a great sense of humor and he would always raise the spirits of fellow volunteers when he walked into a room.
annenbaum was an NFA graduate who joined the Marines shortly after graduation. He earned a Purple Heart for his service and was an active participant in the Wounded Warrior Project.