The Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York, a not-for-profit corporation, works to improve the fiscal responsibility, efficiency and effectiveness of the fire district management through education, training and advocacy for commissioners and other fire district officials in the 57 counties outside of the City of New York.

Current Winners


2019 : Laura Hagerman (East Region)
Suffolk County

Laura Hagerman was chosen in the East Region. Laura resides with her family in Watermill, New York which is located in Suffolk County and Region lX. She is a senior at Bridgehampton High School located in Bridgehampton, New York.  Her educational plan is to seek a degree in Biomedical Technology / Pre-PA. She is active in her high school and still found time to serve as Captain of the Jr. Fire Department and will be joining as a EMT in March.


2019 : Frank F. Menicola lV (Central Region)
Orange County

Frank Menicola was chosen in the Central Region. Frank resides with his family in Tuxedo,New York which is located in Orange County and Region X. He is a senior at George F. Baker High School located in Tuxedo Park, NY. His educational plan is to seek a degree in History and special education teaching. Frank is a 1.5 year junior volunteer firefighter with the Tuxedo Fire department Co #1 and actively serves in his church as an alterboy..


2019 : Holly Crandall (Western Region)
Chautauqua County

Holly Crandall was chosen in the West Region. Holly resides with her family in Sinclairville, New York which is located in Chautauqua County and Region VI. She is a senior at the Cassadaga Valley Central High School also located in Sinclairville, New York. Holly's will be attending Ohio State University in the fall majoring in Animal Science. She is active in her high school in many clubs and sports and is the 2019 class treasurer. Holly is active in many community organizations and is a junior firefighter of the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department along with her father.

Pictured from left to right: Holly’s parents Dean and Jerri Crandall, Holly, District Chairman Robert Rhinehart (back), AFDSNY Direcor John Wicka and Ellington Chief Stephen Rexford. 



2019 : Allison Riley (North Region)
Ontario County

Allison Riley was chosen in the North Region. Allison resides with her family in Farmington, New York which is located in Ontario County and Region V. She is a senior at the Victor Senior High School located in Victor, New York and the Wayne-Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center in Stanley, NY. Allison's educational plan is to major in Health Care Studies / Nursing. She is active at her high school in many school activities and sports. She will be taking her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam in May. Allison was a member of the Finger Lakes Ambulance Explorer program and is currently a member with the Canandaigua Ambulance Explorer program.