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2017 slate is sworn in at January business meeting

At the January Business meeting on 1/4/17, the fire company’s slate of corporate, line and fire police officers were sworn into their positions by Doylestown Borough Mayor Ron Strouse. Mayor Strouse is also a contributing member of the all-volunteer fire company.

The line officers are lead by Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., who has held the position since 2015. He is joined by Ed Truman as Deputy chief, Battalion Chiefs Will Fluck and Jim Shepard, Captains Lori Westover and Craig Lager, and Lieutenants Don Talenti and Nate Coia. Rich Priolo is the Communications officer.

President Jay Fetterolf, also in his third year, is joined by Steve Walther as first Vice President, Kyle Downs, second Vice President, Tony Montemurro, treasurer, Steve Downs asst. Treasurer, Peter Mills recording secretary, Karen Truman asst. Recording secretary, Jay Stough Financial secretary, Jack Connard assistant financial secretary, and trustees Bill Price, Jim Hampton, Larry Browne, Jeff Anlauf, Steve Cote and Michele Cevasco.

Fire police officers are Capt. George Erb, Lieutenant Gian Lusio, and officers Nick Popchuk, Sam Cesare, Quentin Maust, Peter Mills and Stefan Stillwell.

The Doylestown Firefighters Relief Association installed a slate of officers lead by new President Larry Browne, Vice President Steve Walther, treasurer Barbarajean Wood, asst. Treasurer Jay Stough, Secretary Bill Cope, and asst secretary Steve Downs. The Directors are Jay Fetterolf, Bill Price, Sam Cramer, Jr., Jim Hampton and Lori Westover.

The all-volunteer members of Doylestown FIre Company responded to 608 calls for emergency assistance in 2016. For more information, including how to join, go to

Quick work keeps vehicle fire contained


Firefighter Todd Kulp stretches a hand line for the attack.

The fire company was dispatched to Limekiln and North Shady Retreat Roads for a report of a vehicle fire at 6:32 PM on January 2, 2017. The first call of 2017 was also the first fire of the year, as firefighters Bill Price and Todd Kulp arrived enroute to the station on scene and reported that the engine compartment was well involved. Engine 19 arrived, and a hand line was pulled and the fire quickly extinguished. Engine 79 arrived and assisted with overhaul.

The fire was knocked down quickly.

Cooling off hot spots.

Wrapping up in the rain.

Midway calls for mutual aid for Peddlers Village building fire

On Tuesday December 20, 2016, Rescue 19 and Engine 19-1 were dispatched on Box 5-52, The Nut Kettle at Peddlers Village on Rt 202 in Lahaska. On arrival, Assistant Chief 5, Tom Benscoter, arrived on location and reported heavy fire showing. Rescue 19 was dispatched as the RIT team, and Engine 19-1 to the scene for manpower.  Members assisted with overhaul and ventilation. There were no injuries.

Midway firefighters make entry to the building.

Tommy Kirk cuts the exterior wall to check for extension.

Lori Westover uses a chainsaw to ventilate the exterior wall and check for extension.

Battalion 19, Jim Shepard, opens windows for ventilation.

Our Young Citizens Award winners!

Rachel Loux, Left and Nick Tartaglia, with their awards.

Congratulations to firefighters Rachel Loux and Nick Tartaglia for their selection as 2016 Young Citizens Award winners, through the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. Rachel is a freshman at Bucks Community College, and Nick a senior at CB West. Rachel has grown up in the company, as she is a third-generation Loux to serve, along with her late grandfather Denny Sr. her father Denny, mother Donna, sister Rebecca and uncle Ed. Nick has been with the company for just over a year and has made an impact with his hard work and positive attitude. They are part of a growing group of young members volunteering their time serving the Doylestown community.

Cold night training in an ice house

December 14, 2016 was a cold night with a full moon. Members were at the old Gross’ Gourmet Chicken Ice House training on power saws, breaching and overhaul. Thanks to the Thompson Organization for once again allowing us to use a structure for training before demolition.

The job is done! Let’s have some fun!

The Fox, driven by Bill Cope, senior fire company Elf, arrives with the big man!

The Fox, driven by Bill Cope, senior fire company Elf, arrives with the big man!

Our annual mission to bring Santa to town went off without a hitch, as the Doylestown holiday tree was lit, carols were sung, and good little girls and boys were smiling after the Fox delivered the big man to town!

The big man, Santa, and his elves prepare to light the tree.

The big man, Santa, and his elves prepare to light the tree.

Thanks to McCaffrey's Food Markets and both Jims for coming along for the ride, and sponsoring!

Thanks to McCaffrey’s Food Markets and both Jims for coming along for the ride, and sponsoring!

The tree is lit! It's officially the season for smiling in Doylestown!

The tree is lit! It’s officially the season for smiling in Doylestown!

Travis Manion Foundation 5K 2016


The Fire Company 5K crew after the race!


Firefighters Justen Hilton, Tommy KIrk and Asher Mithoefer ran the entire race in bunker gear. Here is the race to the finish.


The Fox, driven by Bill Cope and with State Representative Marguerite Quinn in the officers seat, lead the runners of the 5K. Ladder 79 flew the colors at Court and Main Streets.


The Fox, driven by Bill Cope and with State Representative Marguerite Quinn in the officers seat, lead the runners of the 5K.


The fire company family portrait post-race.


Firefighter Rachel Loux struck the bell on the reading of the names of the fallen.


Firefighter Nick Tartaglia passes Ladder 79. Ran the entire race in gear.


Father and son Jeff and Tyler Kennedy.


The gear runners after finishing.


Fire prevention open house is a success!


Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in our annual open house on October 7. There were lots of learning and fun activities, great organizations like Red Paw Emergencey Relief Team and the Teddy Bear Clinic from Doylestown Hospital’s Emergency Division, and delicious hotdogs and desserts from our Auxiliary!

We look forward to next year!

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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.

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.