Public safety leader recognized by Allegany County Board of Legislators

W. Brooke Harris, left, chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, today applauds years of public safety service of John C. Fleishman of Wellsville as his wife, Jan, looks on.
(Allegany Hope Community News photo)

A fire, emergency services and deputy sheriff veteran over a period of more than half a century, was recognized today by the Allegany County Board of Legislators during ceremonies at its monthly meeting in Belmont.

John C. Fleishman of Wellsville was presented with a resolution of “gratitude and appreciation” for his contributions which “exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and community service” in Allegany County.

The honoree, who retired in 2007 with 30 years of service as a corrections officer, chief deputy sheriff, sergeant and deputy sheriff sergeant, also has served for more than 50 years with the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Fleishman joined that group in 1973 as a Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and has since upgraded his qualifications, first to Advanced EMT, followed by EMT Critical Care, and is now an accredited paramedic, currently serving as EMS Chief.

He also provides service to the Amity Rescue Squad and the Andover Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

In 1975, Fleishman joined the Wellsville Fire Department Dyke Street Engine Company Number 2, where he has served in various offices including chief, and where he continues to be an active member.

County Legislator James Rumfelt of Rumfelt, who also serves in various public safety capacities, noted he had been mentored by Fleishman when he started in his own career, with the honoree “always being available if anyone needed him,” saying the public safety volunteer has “saved countless lives in this county.”

The Board of Legislators last month started recognizing residents who have provided dedicated service to the county.