On February 24, 2014, members of Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, attended the Village of Depew (NY) Board meeting at the Depew Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St., Depew, NY 14043. A Color Guard opened the Village Board meeting with the posting of the American flag by Southtowns Squadron, based in Hamburg, NY and commanded by First Lieutenant Michael Schmid, a resident of Depew.

Each year Civil Air Patrol, observes Legislative Day, when many of its members travel to Washington, DC to meet their Federal representatives. At the invitation of Depew Mayor Steven P. Hoffman, CAP members had the opportunity to observe local government functions and meet the Mayor and Village Board members, including Deputy Mayor Jules Pecora, a former Civil Air Patrol member. Lieutenant Schmid also gave a brief presentation on the mission of Civil Air Patrol.

Mayor Hoffman said “it’s a pleasure to host Lieutenant Schmid and these dedicated CAP volunteers. Civil Air Patrol planes were the only ones allowed to make survey flights over the World Trade Center site after the attacks on America; that alone demonstrates the excellence of their training and professionalism”. Deputy Mayor Jules Pecora stated “as a former Civil Air Patrol member, I can attest that Americans can rest assured that in an emergency, you can always count on a CAP Search & Rescue team to find you. I am honored to shake hands this evening with such patriotic Americans as these CAP volunteers.”

Civil Air Patrol was created December 1, 1941, with the help of New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, working as Director of the Office of Civil Defense for President Franklin Roosevelt. LaGuardia, saw CAP as a way to use America’s civil aviation resources to aid the war effort with missions including anti-submarine patrols, border patrols, and courier services. During WW II, CAP flew 24 million miles, found 173 enemy submarines, attacked 57, hit 10, and sank two. As today’s U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, CAP provides emergency services including search and rescue, disaster relief, homeland security, and counter-drug missions for America.
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Photo by Mark Aquino

From left to right: Trustee Mike Nolder, Mayor Steve Hoffman, Cadet Chief Master Sgt Joshua Makowski, Cadet Chief Master Sgt Evan Saccamano, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Chad Kapturowski, Cadet Cheif Master Sgt Jeremiah Makowski,Deputy Mayor Jules Pecora, Trustee Linda Hammer