Annual Meeting 2023

The General Warren Emergency Co.#2 Officers and Delegates for 2023.


Line Officers

  • Captain Jimmy Luong
  • 1st Lt. Randy Tavarez
  • 2nd Lt. Leo Moreno

House Officers

  • President Peter Rugg
  • Vice President Jim Loung
  • Secretary David Rugg
  • Treasurer Frank ‘Bud’ Wassmer Jr.
  • Finance Secretary Andy Connors
  • Steward J Bart Gordon

Department Officers

  • Warden Andrew Connors
  • Warden J Bart Gordon
  • LOSAP Secretary Mike Young

Delegates to the Chiefs Convention

  • Ex-Chief Frank ‘Bud’ Wassmer 1988-1990
  • Ex-Chief Andrew Connors 1998-2000
  • Ex-Chief Peter Rugg  2008-2010

Nominee for Chief of the Haverstraw Fire Department

  • Gary Nash 3rd Assistant Chief

The Middle Street Quarters

On May 15, 1854, Warren Engine Company #1 was formed in the new Village of Warren NY. On September 1st, 1854 the Village of Warren purchased from Mr. Isaiah Millburn a building at 36 Middle Street. The firehouse cost $700.00 and was in service for 82 years. The home to Warren Engine #1, Triumph Hose #2, and Cosgriff Hose #4, it was closed when the Municipal Building opened in 1937. The building has since been torn down.

As you can see in the picture above, the bay door has been bricked over, but is quite visible. The flagstaff also still remains. At $700.00, the price was high for those days, but the location on Middle Street was centralized and would have been a valuable location at that time. After we vacated this building in 1883, the Triumph Hose Company #2 was to move in.

Rescue Hook and Ladder Company #1 was formed and responding from Liberty Street, its funding was by popular subscription. On March 3, 1857 Union Engine Company #2 was formed and joined the Department. On May 22, 1858 a contract was awarded to erect quarters for Union Engine Company #2 on Division Street, the 2nd firehouse in the Village.  Soon after, Rescue Hook and Ladder Co #1, would join the Fire Department and suitable quarters for a Hook and Ladder were added to the Division Street fire house. Union and Rescue would respond from Division Street until Lady Warren and Mutual Hose were formed.

In 1878, a contract was awarded for $900.00 to erect a suitable house for Rescue #1. At this time, Rescue was on Liberty Street after Lady Warren and Mutual Hose formed and had moved into Division Street. By 1880, a new Firehouse was erected for them opposite General Warren on the North side of Middle Street.

At meeting of the Board of Trustees held March 6th, 1882 a resolution was passed to raise the sum of $1000 for the purpose of purchasing a suitable house for General Warren Engine Company No. 1 and passed by the taxpayers on March 22nd.

This new building was built on the west side of Rescue in 1883 and the Foreman was advised at meeting of the Village Board of December 5th, 1883 that the new house was ready for use.

At meeting of the Board held January 7, 1884 the Foreman, Frederick Glassing, Jr. was presented with 36 keys for new engine house for No. 1. The company was still in possession of the hand engine and several more cisterns had been constructed throughout the village one of which was in the street in front of the new fire-house. General Warren’s quarters on the left, or west side of the building.

In 1980, filming for the movie Ragtime was to commence on Middle Street. The production required a firehouse and infrastructure circa 1910. The Middle Street location was ‘transformed’ using set peices and was where Coalhouse Walker Jr. was and his car were waylaid by the firemen. Ragtime was to be nominated for 8 Academy Awards including Best Art Direction and Set Decoration.



The Civil War: Pye, Conscription, and The Warren Rifles


During the period soon after the start of the Civil War it is apparent that the strength of the Company and Department were cut by enlistment’s. In early 1861,  Edward Pye Esq, Treasurer of Warren Engine Co #1 and the first Village President recruited a company of volunteers and left the Village to participate in the Civil War.

Many more Haverstraw Firemen were to follow Captain Pye. To help maintain the Department ranks, a Fireman’s Association was formed whereby firemen who were subject to the draft under the conscription act joined and each member contributed $50. The Association then asked that the village contribute an additional $900 or as much as might be necessary to secure Draft Exemptions for it’s members. Such a proposition was so voted at a special election. The drain caused by the war was evident at the election for Chief held on May 15th, 1862 when only 26 votes were cast at which Belding Barnes of Warren No. 1 became the first Chief from this Company.

95th NY

In 1861 Pye was appointed Captain of the “Warren Rifles”, later Company F, 95th New York. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel about the time of Antietam, he led the Regiment at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He was then promoted Colonel. He saw further action in the Wilderness and at Spottsylvania, but was mortally wounded at Cold Harbor and died shortly after in June 1864. He is buried  Oak Hill Cemetery  Nyack, New York.


THE 95th New York in Battle

The 95th New York Volunteer Infantry fought in the American Civil War under the commandment of Ulysses S. Grant, Major General James Samuel Wadsworth and Brigadier General Edmund Rice. The companies were recruited principally in New York City, Brooklyn, Haverstraw, Carmel, Peekskill, Sing Sing and White Plains.

The infantry joined in the action of the Railroad cut on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. They fought many battles including Battle of Mine Run, Grant’s Overland Campaign, Battle of the Wilderness, Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Battle of North Anna, and the Battle of Cold Harbor where Brother Pye lost his life.



The Warren Rifles, Company F remained on the front for the entire war. The regiment was active at the Weldon railroad, where Richard Smith of Haverstraw won The Congressional Medal of Honor for single-handedly capturing 2 officers and 20 men of Hagood’s brigade.

They were engaged in front of Petersburg, at Poplar Spring Church, Hatcher’s run, and on the Hicksford raid. The were engaged throughout the  Appomattox campaign. The 95th NY was mustered out at Washington, July 16, 1865, having lost 119 by death from wounds and 136 from other causes, of whom 80 died in imprisonment.

Hudson Avenue Monument Dedication

Dedication of the Civil War Monument on Hudson Avenue.

The Restoration of Grand Army of the Republic Flag

The Restoration of Grand Army of the Republic Flag

The flag to be restored is one of two flags, which were found by Lance Ingmire, regiment historian of 95th New York. “The flags were left sitting in the trailside museum at Bear Mountain Park.” he told the Rockland County Times. He said they were left to deteriorate in a broken frame for approximately 75 years. One flag, which was framed and presented at the presentation of the check and the County Archives building in Pomona, the second flag  is a Grand Army of the Republic Flag, which belonged to the Edward Pye Post of Haverstraw, NY. Kralik said that having the flags restored is important to perpetuate the memory of the Civil War veterans. “When we begin to forget one set of veterans, we begin to forget them all,” he said. “By remembering the Civil War veterans, we remember them all.” And remember we will. The GAR FLAG is on proud display in the Haverstraw Town Hall in Thiells New York. The public is welcome to view it.