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Here’s to the honorees of 2015!

Firefighter of the year Peter Mills (center) with (l to r) Past president John Cope, President Jay Fteerolf, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and 1st Vice President Bill Cope.

Firefighter of the year Peter Mills (center) with (l to r) Past president John Cope, President Jay Fetterolf, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and 1st Vice President Bill Cope.

On April 2, 2016, the members of Doylestown Fire Company gathered at Doylestown Country Club for the annual banquet and awards ceremony. The annual event is a time when the company recognizes the efforts of members during the previous calendar year.

The firefighter of the year for 2015, as voted on by the members of the company, is Peter Mills of Doylestown Borough. Mills is an 18 year veteran of the fire company, having joined as a junior firefighter. Presently the Recording Secretary, he has also served as Asst. Recording Secretary, Asst. Communications Officer, and served as an engineer.

Rookie of the Year Steve Lee (center) with with (l to r) Past president John Cope, President Jay Fetterolf, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and 1st Vice President Bill Cope.

The rookie of the year is Steve Lee, who joined the company in January of 2105. Steve completed the 180+ hours of Firefighter 1 training at the Bucks County Fire School, graduating first in his class. He had a 49% activity percentage for 2015.

President Jay Fetterolf (l) and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., present Steve Walther with the longevity award.

President Jay Fetterolf (l) and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., present Steve Walther with the longevity award.

Steve Walther, the chairman of the awards committee for 33 years, was honored with a longevity award for his diligent work in the position, as he has announced he is stepping down after this year. The members of the fire company thanked Steve for his work with a standing ovation.

Dan Kline received the Chief’s award from Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., for his tireless work on the box maps project, and Tony Montemurro was named the President’s Award winner by president Jay Fetterolf for his taking over the treasurer’s position mid-year and doing a great job.

Service pins were awarded to the following members for years of service- 5 years, Nick Popchuk, Jr, 10 years- Paul Cain, Sara Grogan, Marshall Sher, and Rebecca Loux-Clark. 15 years- Jamie Haddon. 20 years- new life members Dan Kline and Jerry Bredow. 25 years- Paul Kreuter, Ed Boshell and Chris Morris, 30 years- James D. Shepard, 35 years, Ed Truman and Mike Wood, 40 years Ollie Groman, Jr., John Croman and Gian Luiso, 45 years- Bill Price, 50 years- Bill Funk, 55 Years- Jack Connard, 65 years- Nick Chubb, Jr.

Jack Connard (center) received his 55 year pin from President Jay Fetterolf and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr.

Jack Connard (center) received his 55 year pin from President Jay Fetterolf and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr.

Position awards were given to B. J.  Loughnane for serving as a trustee from 2010-2015 and Tony Montemurro as Asst. Treasurer from 2014-2015. Matt Grogan was recognized for his service as Lieutenant from 2014-2015, and Ed Loux as Chief Engineer since 2008 and Communications Officer since 2009.

Attendance award winners (l to r) Craig Lager, Dan kline, Steve Lee, Bill Price and Same Cesare.

Attendance award winners (l to r) Craig Lager, Dan kline, Steve Lee, Bill Price and Same Cesare.

Attendance awards were given based on a total of 705 point, which included 605 incidents, 40 drills and 60 non-incident activities. Fire police officer Sam Cesare was the top responder for 2015, with 58.2% of the points. Bill Price was second with 49.5%, Steve Lee with 49%, Dan Kline with 46.2% and Craig Lager with 41.7%.

Pancake Day 2016 – Thanks for a great turnout!

Thanks to all that came out and shared in our favorite community event- Pancake Day! We served over 1400 meals, responded to a call, and had a great time doing it. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

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In addition to great food, friends and families got together and enjoyed a nice day.

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Rich Priolo serves some delicious sausages.

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Pancakes cooking and ready to go.

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Behind the scenes, where the batter is made.

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At times the line stretched out the door and up Shewell Ave.

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Lots of take out breakfasts were prepared by the crew in the canteen.

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State representative Marguerite Quinn is a regular guest-flipper.

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Tom Smith flips, as Charlie Penglase gets more batter.

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Jack Connard, our most experienced Pancake Day veteran, at his normal spot serving smiles and sausages.

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Jay Stough and Steve Cote served up pancakes and smiles, even at 6:30 AM.

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Thanks to our fellow firefighters from Chalfont for coming and covering for a bit while we cooked.

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Thanks to Midway for the stand-by during the call. And consuming pancakes while they did.

Pancake Breakfast 2016

_DSC1496As always tickets are available at the door on the day of the big event, which starts at 6:30 AM till Noon on Saturday March 19th at the Shewell Avenue firehouse.

Tickets are $5 during pre-sales, $6 at the door, children 6 to 12 are $4 and children under 6 free.

C’mon out to enjoy a great breakfast and meet the volunteers who serve the community!

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Pancake Pre-sales postponed!

The weather may have won tonight, but don’t worry- we’ll be out Thursday, Feb. 25th selling tickets! Check our facebook page and twitter @dfc1979news for updates and locations!

Enjoying pancakes, sausage and friends at the annual Pancake Breakfast at Doylestown Fire Company's Shewell Ave. firehouse.

Enjoying pancakes, sausage and friends at the annual Pancake Breakfast at Doylestown Fire Company’s Shewell Ave. firehouse.

Preparing for the Snowpocalypseageddon of 2016- round one

Seconds Count

By now everyone knows winter is coming. Or here. And winter storm Jonas (not the singing brothers) is near, bringing blizzard watches and packed supermarkets.

We want everyone to be safe, first and foremost. Make sure you have supplies, flashlights, blankets and batteries ready. If you use a generator when the power is out, PLEASE make sure it runs away from the home, and is not inside the structure. Make sure fireplace flues are clear and clean. Listen to official emergency information, and heed the warnings. If the storm does materialize as predicted, please stay inside and only drive if absolutely necessary.

hydranthelpersIf you’re the hearty type, in good shape and out shoveling, we ask one favor- take care of your local hydrants. The more visible and accessible, the faster we can get to the water in an emergency. If we can’t see it, or if we have to shovel around it to access it, that’s precious seconds lost allowing a fire to grow.

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RIP Oliver A. Groman, Sr., 1931-2015

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It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the officers and members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 announce the passing of past President and Assistant Chief Oliver A. Groman, Sr. Ollie was an active member for over 60 years. He will be sorely missed.
Arrangements are as follow-

Reed and Steinbach funeral home
Viewing:
January 3 – 1800-2100 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Services @ funeral services:
January 4 – 1000 – 1100 (10:00 am – 11:00am)
Interment to follow @ Doylestown Cemetery.

Rest easy Ollie, we’ll take if from here.

Ollie Groman, Sr., receiving his 60 years of service jacket in 2012.

Ollie Groman, Sr., receiving his 60 years of service jacket in 2012.

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Ollie Groman, Sr., and wife Marti at Old Timers Day.

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Warrington Dwelling fire

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The fire company was dispatched to assist Warrington Fire Company for a dwelling fire at 1031 Hickory Ridge Drive at 7:15 PM on December 21, 2015. Chief 19, Sam Cramer, Jr.,  was first on scene and reported to Battalion 78, Tim Campbell as he arrived that there was a heavy smoke condition on the second floor of the dwelling. All hands went to work. Engines 19 and 19-1 were placed in service. The fire was contained to an area under a bedroom floor and the attic area above the garage. There were no injures.

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Steve Cote (R), helps raise a ground ladder.

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Don Talenti and Rich Priolo take a 24′ ladder to side B.

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Smoke pushes from the second floor as it’s ventilated.

Chief Cramer gives a report to command.

Chief Cramer gives a report to command.

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Lt. 19 Grant Castor and Chief 19 Sam Cramer, Jr. lead the fire attack in the garage.

Ho Ho Ho! The big man arrives on time!

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Sgt. Kreuter leads the parade into town.

Kevin Morris and some lucky family members have a great view as the Fox approaches with the big man!

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With his special escorts, the man of the hour arrives!

Thousands are greeted by Santa at the corner of State and Main for the 101st time!

RIT team assignment, 113 Dolly Lane, Chalfont

Congratulations to our Recipients of Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Services Awards

The annual Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Services Awards ceremony was held on October 25, 2015, at the Spring Mill Country Club in Northampton Township. Formerly known as the Burpee Awards, the ceremony is held to honor members of Central Bucks County Fire and EMS organizations. This year the fire company’s honoree was the 2015 Firefighter of the Year, Tom Smith.

Also honored was James Babinetz, a fire company member who is also a volunteer with Warrington Ambulance. He was honored for his tireless service to the ambulance company.

Congrats to Tom, James and all of the recipients last night!

 

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James Babinetz accepts congratulations from State Representative Marguerite Quinn.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick congratulates James Babinetz.

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Tom Smith is congratulated by State Representatives Marguerite Quinn and Kathy Watson.

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Tom Smith is congratulated by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.