Flying Dutchmen drill team earns seven awards


By Gary A. Schaum

It has been a good season for the Flying Dutchmen Drill Team of the West Sayville Fire Department, with four tournament victories: Long Island Invitational Champions, Suffolk County Champions, Riverhead Invitational Champions and Islip Town Champions. The four wins in 2019 increased the team’s total tournament victory count to 188 since first engaging in firematic competition in 1892, and helped lead them to their 34th Suffolk County Championship and 24th Islip Town Championship.  All of this hard work resulted in an additional 54 contest and tournament total points trophies and 45 leg trophies being added to the already crowded shelves of the team’s trophy collection.  The Flying Dutchmen received the accolades for its season performance at the annual awards and installation dinner of the Suffolk County Firemen’s Parade and Drill Team Captains’ Association, where the team earned seven awards.

The John Jack Elder cumulative points trophy for 3 Man ladder

Overall points in B-Ladder trophy

Gloria Connell overall total points Motor Hose Class C trophy

The Artie Rogers Memorial Suffolk County Ladder Champions trophy

Overall points 3-Man Ladder, Efficiency, Buckets trophy

The John “Jack” Elder cumulative points trophy for the buckets contest Suffolk County Parade and Drill Team Captains Association

2nd Place overall total points trophy

The 2019 Flying Dutchmen are coached by Frank R. Miller Sr., Robert Marra, and G. Scott Schrader; led by Capt. Michael Marra and Lt. Daniel Tenney; and comprised of Louis Christensen, Brian Doucet, Diana Fuller, Patrick Garrett, Kristy Hothan, William Hothan, Ryan Huguenin, Casey Johnson, Frank R. Miller Jr., Robert Noonan, Richard Quenzer, Joseph Quenzer, Douglas Quenzer, Sean Schaller, Gary A. Schaum, Edward Tenney Jr. and Ryan Tenney. Pictured are total point trophies for the 2019 drill team contest. n


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