25 years ago this week, the Cutchogue Fire Department celebrated as the Panthers Drill Team was crowned the 1992 Suffolk County Old Fashioned Champions.
The drill took place on Saturday July 11th 1992 at the Central Islip Fire Department as part of the annual Suffolk County Parade and Drill.
At the end of Six events, the Panthers had accumulated 26 points, taking first place in 4 of the six contests to become the 1992 Suffolk County Old-Fashioned Champions.
The Team had last won the title in 1989.
This win marked the third of five County titles in CFD History.
Previous wins included 1985 and 1989 and Panther Teams would go on to win two more additional titles in, 1993 and 1994.
The team is pictured celebrating their victory on the track after the drill.
Team members pictured: L to R: Front row- Darryl Ketrick, William Brewer, Dale Butler, Second Row- Doug Wieczoreck, Charlie Witczaqk, Larry Behr, Hank Rienecker, John Zurawski, Third Row- Tom Shalvey Jr., Brian Cybulski, Jim Fogarty Jr., John Fogarty, Top- Chief Joe Zuhoski Jr.
To this Day, the Panther Drill Team still continues a tradition of competing in firematic competitions throughout long Island and New York State.
The Cutchogue Fire Department is proud of our 89 years of dedicated service to the community. We are always looking for any old & historical articles representing our past for display on our website and in our firehouse.
If any member of the community has any photographs, newspaper clippings or historical artifacts pertaining to the Cutchogue Fire Department, please contact the website team at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the firehouse at 734-6907.
Photos and clippings are able to be scanned and returned to the owners.
Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to this ongoing project.
Please visit our historical photo galleries for a look back into our proud history