25 years ago this week, the Cutchogue Fire Department celebrated as the Panthers Drill Team was crowned the 1994 Suffolk County Old Fashioned Champions.
The drill took place on Saturday July 9th 1994 at the Town of Brookhaven Fireman's memorial Park in Ridge as part of the annual Suffolk County Parade and Drill that was hosted by the Selden Fire Department.
At the end of six events, the Panthers had accumulated 27.5 points out of a possible 30 points, taking first place in 4 of the 6 contests to become the Suffolk County Old-Fashioned Champions for the third year in a row.
This win marked the fifth County title in CFD History.
The Panther's previous wins included 1985, 1989,1992, & 1993.
The 1994 team had a successful another year and would remain among the most competitive teams in the state for the next several years.
Their accomplishments included:
The team was crowned the Suffolk County Old fashioned Total Point Champions for the second straight year.
The team is pictured celebrating their victory after the drill just before the parade.
Team members pictured: L to R: Front row kneeling- Michael Boken, Jeff Rehm, Larry Behr, Drew McCaffery, Darryl Ketrick, John Zurawski, Chris L'Hommideu Brian Zurawski, Standing: Bill Brewer, Doug Wieczorek, Erick Klos, John Fogarty, Jim Fogarty Jr., Charlie Witczak, Hank Rienecker, Doug Mcgann, Brian Cybulski.
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 90 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