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RFD Names Fire/Rescue Boat for Leonard E. Redon

Staff report

Rochester Fire Department Interim Chief Felipe Hernandez, right, announces the new fire boat is named for the late deputy mayor Leonard E. Redon. Provided by city of Rochester

The Rochester Fire Department’s new fire/rescue boat, call sign Marine 1, has been named the “Leonard E. Redon,” in honor of the former deputy mayor who passed away in 2017.

The naming ceremony was held July 20. Redon was the deputy mayor from July 2011 to June 2016. Redon was special assistant on call to the deputy mayor until he passed away from cancer in May 2017.

“Len Redon was an avid sailor who understood the complexities of maritime safety,” said Mayor Lovely Warren. “As Deputy Mayor, he made a strong and convincing argument to add this boat to the Rochester Fire Department inventory. He was also the kind of man who was always willing to help, so it’s very fitting that when a call for help goes out along Rochester’s waterfront it will be the Leonard E. Redon that responds.”

The Leonard E. Redon is deployed by firefighters from the Lake Avenue Fire Station for water emergencies on Lake Ontario, within the Port of Rochester and on the Genesee River up to the Veterans Bridge at Route. 104.

The 37-foot long vessel can rescue up to eight people and can pump more than 1,500 gallons of water per minute as well as fire-suppression foam. The vessel can operate in winter and enhances the safety of citizens and firefighters in poor lake conditions.

The RFD held a “first wet-down ceremony” a fire-service tradition to bring good fortune to new fire vehicles by spraying them with a fire hose. The Leonard E. Redon went into service in the middle of June and has responded to about a dozen calls, including the July 14 rescue off the Summerville Pier of a jet skier who was having seizures.