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Mark Hamilton, 11/25/1958- 9/27/16

dscn0585It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that the fire company yet again must bid farewell to a member. Life member Mark Hamilton, known to many fondly as Beach, passed away on September 27, 2016, after a long and hard fought battle with serious respiratory illnesses. Mark joined the company on June 8, 1977, and served as Firefighter, Lieutenant, 2nd Vice President, Fire Police officer, Relief Treasurer and Director, and most recently, Historian. Mark was a dedicated husband and father. Always ready to talk history, either local Doylestown or fire company, he took great care and pride in being a keeper of the heritage and history of the area. His encyclopedic knowledge and the enthusiasm he delivered it with, even as his condition made it more difficult to deliver, will be sorely missed by not only the fire company and family, but the Doylestown area. Mark was also the force behind the Facebook #fbf 
every Friday for the past few years. Those shoes will be hard to fill, but we’ll do our best to continue what he started and loved.
Arrangements are pending
Breathe easy now Mark. You’re part of our history now, and will never be forgotten.

Come join us- fire prevenion open house on October 7, 2016!

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Come out and join us at the annual fire prevention open house. We’ll be at the Shewell Avenue firehouse at 68 Shewell, on October 7, 2016 from 6:30- 9 PM. Lots of free stuff for the kids, lots for all ages to learn about fire prevention. Bring pet items for Red Paw Emergency Relief Team too!openhouse15-2openhouse15

Farewell to a friend

ronsflagarch650On September 9, 2016, the members of the fire company, along with the family and friends of life member Ron Bellerby, gathered to remember the life of Ron and say “All right, see you later.” Ron was a dedicated father, husband, grandfather, uncle and firefighter. His ability to make friends and tell stories made him a unique and wonderful person to know. His absence is palpable, but we all know he’s happier now that he’s back with Sarah and no longer in pain. We’ll miss you Ron.

The Clydesdales take Doylestown- 2016 edition

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The visit of the Budweiser Clydesdales is becoming a Labor Day weekend staple in Doylestown Borough. For the second consecutive year, the team, from New Hampshire, paraded through the streets of the borough and made deliveries to local customers. The fire company once again took the role of protectors of the team as it made it’s way through the streets of Doylestown.

Chief 19's car lead the vehicle procession onto Court Street.

Chief 19’s car lead the vehicle procession onto Court Street.

The Clydesdales wait to be unloaded as onlookers get a peek at the transporters.

The Clydesdales wait to be unloaded as onlookers get a peek at the transporters.

Barley the dalmatian, guided by Joe Morris of Gretz, was a big hit with the crowd.

Barley the dalmatian, guided by Joe Morris of Gretz, was a big hit with the crowd.

The first member of the team is lead off.

The first member of the team is lead off.

Spectators took a lot of photos.

Spectators took a lot of photos.

The Clydesdales are well groomed, and very tall.

The Clydesdales are well groomed, and very tall.

More grooming. Always looking good.

More grooming. Always looking good.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The team is ready to go in the shadow of the former county courthouse.

The ceremonial cases are loaded onto the wagon.

The ceremonial cases are loaded onto the wagon.

The team arrives on Shewell Ave.

The team arrives on Shewell Ave.

The members of the fire company with the team in front of station 19.

The members of the fire company with the team in front of station 19.

People lined any area where they could catch a glance of the world-famous horses.

People lined any area where they could catch a glance of the world-famous horses.

A world-famous icon passes a local one.

A world-famous icon passes a local one.

The Fox leads the procession from Main to Oakland.

The Fox leads the procession from Main to Oakland.

Central Bucks Regional PD Sgt. Paul Kreuter leads the way.

Central Bucks Regional PD Sgt. Paul Kreuter leads the way.

Our happy Fox crew- Bill Cope and Jim Hampton.

Our happy Fox crew- Bill Cope and Jim Hampton.

Barley and his assistants.

Barley and his assistants.

The team rounds the corner of Main and Ashland.

The team rounds the corner of Main and Ashland.

CBRPD Officer (and DFC Lt. 79) Craig Lager on traffic control at Ashland and Green.

CBRPD Officer (and DFC Lt. 79) Craig Lager on traffic control at Ashland and Green.

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The Fox passes the Mercer Museum.

The Fox passes the Mercer Museum.

Chief Sam Cramer keeps an eye on the route ahead.

Chief Sam Cramer keeps an eye on the route ahead.

Protected by members of the fire company, the team passes Green and Ashland.

Protected by members of the fire company, the team passes Green and Ashland.

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The team makes a big U-turn at five points.

The team makes a big U-turn at five points.

Barley takes a nap after the run is complete.

Barley takes a nap after the run is complete.

Members of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department, Sgt. Lance Carlen, Ofc. Andrew Hochmuth, Ofc. Monica Malatesta, Ofc. Craig Lager, Sgt. Paul Kreuter

Members of the Central Bucks Regional Police Department, Sgt. Lance Carlen, Ofc. Andrew Hochmuth, Ofc. Monica Malatesta, Ofc. Craig Lager, Sgt. Paul Kreuter

Passing of life member Ronald Bellerby

bellerbyIt is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of life member Ronald Bellerby. Ron passed away on Sept. 2, 2016, after a long fight with cancer. He was passionate about the fire company and all of the members. Always quick with a story and smile, his presence will be deeply missed by the members and families. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family in these difficult times.
Services will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016, at the Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home on Lower State Road in Doylestown Township starting at 9:30 AM, followed by internment at Doylestown Cemetery.

Heat and humidity are part of the training

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As part of our lifetime of skills training, we are constantly looking for new opportunites. When a building about the be demolished is available, we take the time to train on both new and old methods for better and safer firefighting. And though the heat and humidity were still rather oppressive on the evening of August 10, 2016, our members gathered to work on ventilation skills at the recently vacated Wine and Spirits shop on Veterans Lane in Doylestown Borough. Using power saws and old fashioned axes, they cut holes in the roof as we do on fires to ventilate, letting heat and smoke escape from the building.

Members will be back at over the weekend of August 13, continuing to train on this valuable short term resource.

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Ladders are a key not only to get up to the roof, but escape if conditions change.

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Lt. 19 Grant Castor (l) and Firefighter Julio Rodriguez wind down after the drill on the roof.

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Congrats to the graduates of Summer ’16 Firefighter 1!

Graduates Todd Whalen,  Nick Tartaglia and Rachael Loux (l to r)

Graduates Todd Whalen, Nick Tartaglia and Rachael Loux (l to r)

Congratulations to our most recent Firefighter 1 graduates, Rachael Loux, Nick Tartaglia, Todd Whalen and Ben Hanbicki. Our newest firefighters were bestowed with their certificates at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown Campus on Aug. 10, 2016.

The cadets of Bucks County Public Safety Training Center's Summer '16 Battalion 6 Class.

The cadets of Bucks County Public Safety Training Center’s Summer ’16 Battalion 6 Class.

A busy start to the summer of 2016

 

 

 

The giant American flag at the end of the race is a beacon of hope and pride for the participants of the Discover Doylestown 5K annually.

The giant American flag at the end of the race is a beacon of hope and pride for the participants of the Discover Doylestown 5K annually.

The Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer for most of the area. In the case of the members of the fire company, it also brought the start of an unusually busy stretch for the all-volunteer membership of the company and surrounding area. Starting on Friday night, May 27, when the members responded to two mutual aid calls for assistance in Warminster and Plumstead Township, to the morning of June 7, activities and calls kept coming.

On May 28, the fire company displayed the colors from Ladder 79 and provided cooling support for the Discover Doylestown 5K race. On the 30th, the members marched and participated in Memorial Day observances. June 1 was our annual Old Timer’s Night, where friends old and new are invited to the firehouse for food and friendship. Early in the morning of June 5, the fire company and area mutual aid companies battled a 2-alarm fire at the Baliwick office park in Doylestown Township until after the sun rose. Monday night members responded to a dryer fire in a laundromat on North Main St. in Doylestown Borough, and Tuesday morning, June 7, a vehicle crash with fire in Doylestown Township in morning rush hour traffic along Rt 611.

Great work by all of our volunteers and mutual aid colleagues, as everyone went home safely. Let’s see what the rest of the summer has for us!

In addition to providing the iconic flag at the end of the race, the fire company set up a cooling station at the corner of State and Pine.

In addition to providing the iconic flag at the end of the race, the fire company set up a cooling station at the corner of State and Pine.

The color guard of (l to r) Sam Tilley, Jessica Meisinger-McDonald, Steve Downs and Marshall Sher leads the fire company down State St at the beginning of the parade route.

The color guard of (l to r) Sam Tilley, Jessica Meisinger-McDonald, Steve Downs and Marshall Sher leads the fire company down State St at the beginning of the parade route.

Old trucks visited as well, Both the Hale and Hahn, both privately owned by members of the fire company, were on display.

Old trucks visited as well, Both the Hale and Hahn, both privately owned by members of the fire company, were on display.

History is a big part of Old Timers Night, as fire company historian Mark Hamilton (l) brings out the facts and photos every year. With Mark (baseball cap) is ex-Chief, and father of the present Chief, Sam Cramer, Sr.

History is a big part of Old Timers Night, as fire company historian Mark Hamilton (l) brings out the facts and photos every year. With Mark (baseball cap) is ex-Chief, and father of the present Chief, Sam Cramer, Sr.

Friends old and new gathered at the firehouse for Old Timers Night.

Friends old and new gathered at the firehouse for Old Timers Night.

Fire company president Jay Fetterolf addresses the members and friends at Old Timers Night.

Fire company president Jay Fetterolf addresses the members and friends at Old Timers Night.

Heavy fire on arrival at the Baliwick office complex. Photo by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard

Heavy fire on arrival at the Baliwick office complex. Photo by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard

Heavy fire on arrival at the Baliwick office complex. Photo by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard

Heavy fire on arrival at the Baliwick office complex. Photo by Battalion 19 Jim Shepard

Ladder 79 outside the laundromat fire on North Main St.

Ladder 79 outside the laundromat fire on North Main St.

Firefighters Steve Lee (r) and Tommy Kirk stretch a line to the car as traffic backs up on southbound Rt 611.

Firefighters Steve Lee (r) and Tommy Kirk stretch a line to the car as traffic backs up on southbound Rt 611.

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.