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Geneva Fire Department Honors Ray Ciancaglini

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The Hydrant Hose Company of the Geneva Fire Department has named Ray Ciancaglini an honorary member, making him one of only seven people to receive this honor since the 1930s.

Ciancaglini, a former professional boxer who suffers from Parkinson’s Syndrome and Dementia Pugilistica due to untreated concussions, expressed deep gratitude for the recognition. “This is the most heartfelt award to me,” he said. “Being part of an organization of role model heroes is truly humbling.”

In addition to his honorary membership, Ciancaglini’s organization, The Second Impact, raises awareness about the dangers of concussions. Last fall, The Second Impact’s Shields of Honor Gala raised $32,000 for Geneva fire and police officers. This year’s event is set for Nov. 1 at Ventosa Vineyards.