It 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.
On 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 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.
It 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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%.
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.