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We at the Newport Volunteer Fire Company regret to inform you that Past Chief and 60 year member Dennis McEvoy has passed. Denny was a past president of the Newport Fire Department, past president of the Herkimer County Firemen's Association, and a charter member of the Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance Corps. He was 84. 

From the Autenrith Funeral website:

NEWPORT – Dennis J. McEvoy, Jr., 84, of School Street, passed away on December 22, 2016 at the Masonic Care Community, Utica, with his loving family by his side. 

      Mr. McEvoy was born on May 7, 1932 in Newport, a son of the late Dennis and Arlene (McDonald) McEvoy. He graduated as part of the Class of 1949 at West Canada Valley. On October 16, 1954, he was united in marriage with the former Patricia Christiano at St. John's Church, Newport. From an early age, Denny worked the family farm and had a milk route. He later worked at the former Borden’s Plant in Newport and as a bartender at local establishments. He was employed for 37 years at West Canada Valley Central School as a custodian and bus driver, from where he retired in 1995. He touched so many lives during his years of employment at the school, both students and staff. 

      Denny was a devoted fireman with Newport Volunteer Fire Department for sixty years where he served as chief from 1975-1981 and held various other positions.  Denny was also a charter member of Kuyahoora Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a member of St. John’s Church, Newport. 

     Denny had a smile that would light up a room, a laugh that was infectious, and a great sense of humor often sharing his one-liners.  People often enjoyed listening to him sing his favorite Irish songs.

     He instilled in his children his huge heart, genuine kindness and amazing character. He was always willing to help a friend, neighbor or anyone with a problem. Whether it be  sickness, tragedy or any emergency big or small, he was the first on the scene to help. 

     His grandchildren were the light of his life and he will be fondly remembered as their “Pop” avidly attending their school and sporting events when his health allowed. 

      Survivors besides his wife of 60 years, Pat, include seven children, Patrick (Debbie) McEvoy, Michael (Kathy) McEvoy, Terry Humpf, Tim McEvoy all of Newport, Shannon (Tricia) McEvoy of Middleville, Erin (Tom) Roberts of Newport and Mechelle (Peter) Widay of Herkimer; ten grandchildren, Nicole Humpf, Casey (Chloe), Sarah, Shania, Sydney and Shae McEvoy, Thomas “Hodge” (Alissa Stack) and Brandon (Alyssa Lepper) Roberts, Charity (Bill) Fellows and Jeremy (Lorri) Kaiding; 3 great-grandchildren, Reese and Ava Fellows and Cerridwen Kaiding; a special son, Herm Harris of Newport; sister-in-law, Linda McEvoy of Herkimer; and several nieces and nephews. The special bond he shared with his nieces and nephews is something he always treasured.  Denny was also blessed to have his own personal EMS provider and friend Mark Barnard who was always only a phone call away.  Denny was predeceased by a son, Thomas in 1980 and his brother, James in 2011.

      A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John’s Church, Newport on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Quy N. Vo, Pastor, officiating. Spring interment will take place in St. John's Cemetery, Newport. Calling hours at the Newport Fire Department, 7370 Main Street, are Monday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. Newport Fire Department Memorial service will be conducted at 8:00 p.m.

     The McEvoy family extends sincere thanks for the compassionate care provided by the staff at the Masonic Care Community, and a special thanks to Maryann Davis, his homecare provider.    

     Memorials may be made to the Masonic Care Community, Newport Volunteer Fire Company or KVAC.  Envelopes will be available at the fire department on Monday.

     Arrangements are entrusted to Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport. 



 Winter is here in full force, and with it comes feet of snow. What you may not know is that shoveling out your nearby fire hydrant can be just as important as keeping your driveway clear. When a storm comes in and snow plows drive by, hydrants can be partially or even completely covered by snow. Establishing a water supply is a crucial step in fire suppression, and every second saved at the hydrant is time and effort that can be directed toward the fire. Common practice involves clearing snow and ice in a three foot radius from the hydrant, so firefighters have room to work, and make a path to the road. Clearing out a fire hydrant only takes a few minutes, and doing so may save lives and thousands of dollars in property damage.

Our new engine has begun production! 

To see pictures of the cab, see our photo gallery or this news article which will be updated whenever we get new pictures or information about the new Engine 101.

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