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Hamilton County Honorees


Rose Simons Rose Simons and her husband have been active members of the Wells Volunteer Fire Company for 52 years. Rose has served as an EMT, ambulance driver and has taken on other duties crucial to the operation of the corps. She and her husband are an integral part of the annual "Old Home Days" fundraiser for the fire company.

In addition to manning the booth, Rose plans the food and sees that there are plenty of other cooks and staff to cover the two day event. She` is also the "sunshine girl," she ensures that get well cards, fruit baskets, flowers, etc. are sent to members when appropriate.

In his nomination letter for Rose, Wells Volunteer Fire Company Chief Vince Lauria stated "It would be next to impossible to count the number of hours this couple has volunteered in service to the Town of Wells and those passing through who find themselves in need."

In addition to her work with the fire company Rose is very involved with her church and is an organist and keyboard player. She is also a member of the Christian musical group "Arrows of the Word" which performs for groups that include nursing homes and senior groups. Rose can always be counted on to lend a hand and is a true asset to the community!

Rose is a life- long resident of the Town of Wells. After graduating from Wells Central School she went on to graduate from Albany Business College with highest honors. She and her husband Pete, who is this year's Hamilton County Senior of the Year, raised five children, and have 14 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.


Visit NYSOFA's 2014 Senior Day page for a complete list of awardees.

Pete Simons Pete Simons and his wife have been active members of the Wells Volunteer Fire Company for 52 years. Like his wife Rose, he has served as an EMT, ambulance driver, and performed jobs crucial to the operation of the corps. He has served as secretary/treasurer for the fire commissioners for 23 of those years and is currently a fire police officer and the secretary. Pete works with his wife at the fireman's booth for the two-day "Old Home Days" celebration every August.

In addition to his work with the fire company Pete is very involved with his church and is a licensed lay speaker, leader and former church treasurer. He and Rose also lend a hand to sort bottles and cans at the redemption center. In his nomination letter Wells Volunteer Fire Company Chief Vince Lauria stated "It would be next to impossible to count the number of hours this couple has volunteered in service to the Town of Wells and those passing through who find themselves in need."

Pete is a life- long resident of the Town of Wells. After graduating as valedictorian from Wells Central School he went on to attend Adirondack Community College and Castleton State College. He and his wife Rose, who is this year's Hamilton County Outstanding Contributing Senior, raised five children, and have 14 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.


Visit NYSOFA's 2014 Senior Day page for a complete list of awardees.