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Fire, Ambulance and Police units among two-state holiday parade participants

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MATAMORAS, PA and PORT JERVIS, NY --- A holiday parade that runs through Port Jervis, NY, across the Delaware River, and through Matamoras, PA is hosted by the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce annually.  It includes multiple holiday-adorned fire, ambulance and police department vehicles from both states, as well as multiple departments' festively attired emergency responders.

Dozens of boxes of donuts and gallons of hot chocolate were served at Matamoras Fire Department's firehouse, and five trophiers were awarded, at the conclusion of this year’s evening Rick Drew Holiday Parade.  The late Rick Drew, for whom the annual holiday parade was named, was a longtime chairman of this and other community parades, and an active PJFD firefighter.

Pictured are some of the emergency units that participated in this year’s parade, including two affiliated with emergency service that won trophies in specific categories.  

Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance was judged Second Place Most Original Unit (United Methodist Church of Matamoras was First).  Broome Street Band (which accompanies PJFD’s Howard Wheat Engine Company #4 in Port’s annual PJFD  Inspection Day Parade) was named ‘Best Musical Group’ in the holiday parade.

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SHARON SIEGELSenior Correspondent

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