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    Flying Dutchmen Win 2016 Suffolk County Championship Title
    July 17, 2016 6:31 pm  
    Flying Dutchmen Win 2016 Suffolk County Championship Title

    by Warren Horst

    The West Sayville Fire Department Flying Dutchmen drill team added another notch to its victory belt this past Saturday, July 9, 2016

    by winning, for the thirty-second time in the team’s existence, the annual Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association’s firematic competition hosted by the Bay Shore Fire Department at the Central Islip Fire Department training facility on Wheeler Road. With the exception of the first contest, West Sayville was at the top of the leader board all day long, at times sharing the lead with one of the fourteen other competing volunteer fire departments until about the midpoint of the tournament when they built up a comfortable cushion between themselves and the second place team. In the end, the Flying Dutchmen had amassed 29½ points out of possible forty-five; two and one-half points ahead of the second place Islip Wolves and seven and one-half points of the Central Islip Hoboes which earned third place overall honors. The fourth place Piston Knockers of North Lindenhurst and the Yellowbirds from Copiague rounded out the top five with twenty and one-half points and thirteen and one-half points respectively.

    The 2016 Suffolk County championship title was the team’s 169th win since the team first began competing in 1892, less than a year after the department was founded. Its first county title came in 1910 in Sayville and its last, prior to this year, was in 2010.

    The Flying Dutchmen placed in eight of the nine contests competed and had the tournament wrapped up prior to the running of the last contest, Buckets when they enjoyed a five and one-half edge over the Islip Wolves. Points were netted with first place runs in the Motor Hose Replacement (18.28 seconds) and Efficiency (9.19 seconds) contests; second place efforts in the Three Man Ladder (6.49 seconds), C Ladder (8.99 seconds) and B Hose (8.04 seconds) events; tied for second in Motor Pump (6.21 seconds); and, fourth place runs in the B Ladder (6.33 seconds) and C Hose (13.85 seconds) contests.

    With the tournament win team member Ryan Huguenin joined a small, but growing group of fellow Dutchmen with his 100th drill victory while competing with the team. Those who already enjoy that honor, in the order of the most wins, include Frank R. Miller, Sr., Gary A. Schaum, Robert Marra, Frank R. Miller, Jr., Michael Marra and Allen Newhouse.

    The Flying Dutchmen will be competing again in the upcoming weeks at the Riverhead Fire Department Invitational Drill on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 12-noon on the south side of Old Country Road (CR 58) between Pulaski Street and Osbourne Avenue and at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in the Nassau-Suffolk Invitational Drill hosted by the Central Islip Fire Department at its training facility on Wheeler Road.

    The 2016 Suffolk County Championship Flying Dutchmen drill team is coached by Frank R. Miller, Sr., Robert Marra and G. Scott Schrader; led by Captain Michael Marra and Lieutenant Chad Leigh-Manuell; and, comprised of David Banks, Kristy Banks, Kevin Candido, Louis Christensen, Brian D’Onofrio, Patrick Garrett, William Hothan, Ryan Huguenin, Casey Johnson, Frank R. Miller, Jr., Robert Noonan, Richard Quenzer, Joseph Quenzer, Gary A. Schaum, Daniel Tenney and Ryan Tenney.

    The West Sayville Flying Dutchmen C Ladder team of Richard and Joseph Quenzer in the front and Ryan Huguenin, William Hothan and Frank R. Miller, Jr. to the rear proudly show off the trophy awarded to the team on Hothan’s first climb in the eights at the Suffolk County Annual Drill held in Central Islip on July 9, 2016. (Photo by Courtney Huguenin)

    At the end of the day the West Sayville Fire Department Flying Dutchmen Drill Team pose with the trophies they earned after winning the annual Suffolk County Volunteer Firemen’s Association drill hosted by the Bay Shore Fire Department in Central Islip on July 9, 2016 (Photo by Courtney Huguenin).

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