The former Fredonia Hook and Ladder Company was reorganized in 1901.  It was renamed the J. S. Lambert Hook & Ladder Company #1, for its founder, the honorable John S. Lambert.  He was instrumental in the reforming of the Fredonia Volunteer Fire Department. A prominent citizen, Lambert also served as a New York State Supreme Court Justice.

The Lambert Hook & Ladder Company was originally comprised of up to fifty able men who were residents of the Village of Fredonia.  However, throughout the years, the Company has held its membership to thirty-five persons. Four of these may be from the Town of Pomfret.  This was done to keep consistent with the other companies of the Fire Department.

The J. S. Lambert Hook & Ladder Company #1 serves the Fredonia Fire Department with such responsibilities as search and rescue, forcible entry, ventilation, and ladder placement.  They are also responsible for the Department aerial apparatus, Tower 18.

From its inception, members of the J. S. Lambert Hook & Ladder Company #1 have been proud, dedicated and well trained.  Each member has sworn to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the Fredonia Fire District.  Besides fighting fires, the J. S. Lambert Hook & Ladder Company #1 members serve on Department and Company committees, attend training schools and seminars, and participates in public education activities.

The Company also participates in many social events, having two banquets and one picnic each year.  They also sponsor a firematic hose race team that competes with other companies and fire departments. The J. S. Lambert Hook & Ladder Company #1 belongs to several fraternal associations and participates in their annual conventions.

Each member must follow the rules and regulations of the Fredonia Fire Department and the J. S. Lambert Hook & Ladder Company #1. Participation in meetings, drills, and fires is encouraged by the Company Honor Board, who routinely review the Company's attendance records.  Members must meet minimum attendance levels established by the Honor Board.

The J. S. Lambert Hook & Ladder Company #1 strives to complete any task with a mark of excellence through team work, compassion and perseverance.


President - Julius Leone

Vice President - Dan Riewaldt

Secretary - Sue Nickerson

Treasurer - Craig Aldrich

Captain - Kenneth Haas

1st  Lieutenant - Ben Aldrich

2nd Lieutenant - T.J. DiRusso

3rd Lieutenant - Tyler DiRusso



David Ludemann  -  Ray Beach

 Thomas Fisher - Julius Leone Jr