About Us

The Cayuga Heights Fire Department (CHFD) is an all-volunteer department that depends on members of the community to provide fire protection and EMS services to the residents of the Village of Cayuga Heights, Town of Ithaca, Cornell University, and surrounding Tompkins County. Individuals with all levels of experience are welcome, from those brand-new to the fire service to those with extensive experience.


Cayuga Heights Fire Department's primary mission is the protection and preservation of life and property for the people it serves.

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Rescue / EMS

Emergency medical services is a vital function of the Cayuga Heights Fire Department. CHFD staffs an ALS response vehicle.

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Support Staff

Support members help us save lives without fighting fires.

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Want to know more about who we are? Want to know why our members joined in the first place or why they enjoy volunteering? View our profiles. Alternatively, learn more about our department's history.
Below is a list of CHFD members. Names with *s next indicate members of the FAST team.

Chief Officers

George Tamborelle* Chief (261) / Paramedic
Joseph Price* 1st Assistant (262) / EMT
John Putnam* 2nd Assistant (263)
Robert Shepherd* 3rd Assistant (264) / EMT


Blake Berger* 1st Lieutenant (281) / EMT
Jaden Gladstone* 2nd Lieutenant (282) / EMT

Rescue Officers

Colleen Curran Price Rescue Director (271) / Exterior FF / EMT
Griselda Velado Assistant Rescue Director / Interior FF / Paramedic
Irwin Tendler Assistant Rescue Director / Interior FF / Advanced EMT

Company Officers

Kelly Chan President / Exterior FF
Ken Friedman Vice President / Exterior FF / EMT
Vacant Treasurer
Katherine Lockwood Secretary / Exterior FF / EMT
Dave Maley Warden / Interior FF
Griselda Velado Warden / Interior FF / Paramedic

Active Members

Zachary Babcock Exterior FF / EMT
Ray Bally Exterior FF
Brendan Bloodnick Interior FF / EMT
Pierce Chapin Exterior FF
Jeremy Cusker Exterior FF / EMT
Carrie D'Aprix Exterior FF
Rev. Steve Felker* Interior FF / Department Chaplain
Sophie Janowsky Exterior FF / EMT
Margaret Gao Exterior FF / EMT
Mariano Garcia* Interior FF / Intermediate EMT
Michael Garrett Interior FF
Samantha Garrett Exterior FF / EMT
Alix Gresov* Interior FF
Jack Hessmer Interior FF
Laurel Maley Interior FF
Carlos McCluskey Exterior FF
Alexei Messing Exterior FF
Marc Messing Exterior FF
Mihai Miroiu Interior FF
Thaher Pelaseyed Exterior FF
Lucas Png Interior FF
Jacob Pooley Exterior FF / EMT
Lauren Putnam* Interior FF
Devin Savoy Interior FF / EMT
Brendan Shepherd Exterior FF
Chris Shepherd Exterior FF
Jeffrey Silber Exterior FF / EMT / Life Member
David Sorensen* Interior FF / Paramedic
Leah Sorensen* Interior FF / Intermediate EMT
Harrison Supnick Exterior FF
Mario Velado Exterior FF / EMT
Thomas Wallin Interior FF

Support Staff

Dave Donner Village Liaison / Support Staff
Lee Donner Support Staff
Mary Maley Support Staff
Glenna Margaris Support Staff
Justine McCluskey Support Staff
Brigitta Putnam Support Staff
Lindsay Tamborelle Support Staff

Life Members

Fleet Morse Member 001
Jeff Silber Exterior FF/EMT
Matt Abbinanti Former 262