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January 23, 2014

Michael J. Basile to be honored by comrades


Basile has been cremated, and viewing hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth, Inc. Funeral Home in Cooperstown on Friday. This will be followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown on Saturday.

Following the service, Basile’s remains will be taken on a final tour of Hartwick’s fire district, stopping at Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 1 and his former residence in Hartwick, and finishing at Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2.

“He will ride on our engine that he helped purchase in 2006,” said Brunn, referring to E-372, Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2’s 2006 Freightliner Pumper.

After arriving at the fire hall, Basile will be given his Final Alarm. A reception will follow.

Basile will remain chief of Co. No. 2 until the company holds its elections in February.

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