As Brian Salka Begins Firefighting Career, Blooming Grove’s Salka Family Epitomizes A Service Family
In this week, where an extra effort of “Service” is asked of us on behalf of Martin Luther King Jr.’s example, there is a local family who exemplifies and magnifies what it means to serve. Dad, John Salka, could not have been more proud when he had the honor of pinning his son, Brian Salka, a Washingtonville HS GRAD and United States Marine Corps vet, who finished his firefighting training for the North Charleston, South Carolina FD. on Jan 11. Dad, John, has lots of experience to pass on to his son, having been Battalion Chief and retired FDNY, for 33 years, serving the communities of New York City and Blooming Grove . He still travels the United States giving educational seminars and gave the keynote address at the ceremony. John is affectionately called our local fire department movie star after being asked to join the popular NBC “Chicago Fire” TV show for their 911 memorial show. Not to be outdone, John’s wife, Dawn Salka spends much of her time doing Emergency Services runs for the Blooming Grove Ambulance Corps. Before that she was an infant neonatal care nurse for 30 years.