BY SCOTT WATERS
When a Congers house fire was called in to dispatchers last week, Deputy Coordinator Al Magnatta, 44-2, headed to the Alert Hook, Ladder & Engine Company #1, Congers FD Station, put on his gear, boarded one of the company’s fire trucks and operated on the scene of the blaze.
It is a routine that the 94-year-old World War II veteran Magnatta has gone through countless times. The beloved elder statesman of Rockland County firefighting has been a volunteer with Company #1 since 1946 – an astonishing 73 years, and is still going strong.
Magnatta is one of two Rockland County deputy fire coordinators representing the Clarkstown area, a title he has held since 1962, the longest of any deputy coordinator serving in Rockland County. The lifelong Rockland County resident is also a small business owner.
Brian Duddy, an admin of the popular Rockland Fires webpage, declared Magnatta “a legend in the Rockland County fire service!”
Photo by NYS Fire Coordinators