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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Annual banquet recognizes members for accomplishments

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Firefighter of the Year Dan Kline (center) with Chief Ed Truman (left) and Fire Company President Bill Cope.

The Doylestown Fire Co. #1 held their annual banquet for members and Auxiliary at the Doylestown Country Club on April 6.  The annual event honors the membership of the organizations and gives the company the opportunity to recognize members for their service to the community and fire company for the previous year.

The firefighter of the year for 2013, as voted for by the membership of the fire company, is Dan Kline. Dan has served with the fire company for 16 years and has held many positions, including chief trustee and engineer.

In a special presentation, a plaque was awarded to recently retired Chief Phil Meyers of the Dublin Fire Company in recognition of his 29 years as Chief of Dublin, and all of the cooperation between Phil and Doylestown Fire Company. Chief Meyers was given a standing ovation by the gathering, in appreciation for his tireless dedication and service.

Mike Wood was presented with the Chief’s Award for his work as deputy chief. Mark Hamilton was awarded the Presidents Award for his work as historian and liason with the Doylestown Historical Society.

In a three way tie, Tony Montemurro, Don Talenti and Cory Gray were named Rookie of the Year

Members who served in elected or appointed positions who stepped down at the end of 2012 were recognized. Peter Mills for Recording Secretary from 2011- 2012, Annie Vancosky as Assistant Recording Secretary from 2011-2012, James F. Shepard as Lieutenant from 2011-2012, and George Erb as Assistant Communications Officer from 2010-2012. Will Fluck was recognized as engineer of Rescue 19 from 2010-2012 and Pete Mills of Engine 79 for 2012.

Service pins were handed out, representing the time dedicated to the fire company. Dave Phy, Sr. was honored for 50 years of service. John Cope was honored for 45 years, Sam Cramer, Jr. and Jim Dengler for 35 years, Ed Loux for 25 years, Jeff Kennedy, Pete Mills and Aaron Soldavin for 15 years, Grant Castor and BJ Loughnane for 10 years, and Nate Coia, Kyle Downs, Bob McCrillis and Tom Smith for 5 years.

Life membership was bestowed upon Dennis Michener for 20 years of service.

Attendance awards are given to firefighters each year who have the top 7 percentages of responding to calls. The fire company responded to 673 calls, held 48 training sessions and 18 non-incident activities and details for a total of 802 events. Among firefighters, Tony Montemurro, Will Fluck and Dan Kline were 8th with 32%, Steve Downs 7th with 34%, Nick Popchuk 6th with 35%, Don Talenti 5th with 40%, George Erb 4th with 41%, Lori Westover 3rd with 46%, Cory Gray 2nd with 47% and Nate Coia 1st with 68%.  Each of the honorees were given a plaque and a $50.00 gift card for their service to the community. These numbers represent a huge amount of time given in service to the community and are only a small representation of the over 15,000 hours of service recorded by members.  Training awards were presented for the top attendance percentage of trainings. There were 48 training opportunities, and Matt Grogan at 58%, Jeff Anlauf, at 60%, Lori Westover at 63% were honored.

Longevity awards were presented to members who have served for exceptional periods of time in the same position. Jack Connard was honored for serving as Financial Secretary for 22 years, Dennis Loux, Sr. as Fire Police Captain for 23 years, and George Erb as Fire Police Lieutenant for 23 years. Also, Ollie Groman, Sr. was honored for his 22 years of service as a Relief Association Director and Bill Cope for 19 years as Relief Association Secretary.

The Doylestown Fire Company is an all-volunteer organization serving the Borough and Township of Doylestown, Pa., as well as parts of Buckingham Township, and New Britain Township and Borough in Bucks County since 1895. Members responded to emergencies 673 times in 2012.

Past and present Doylestown chiefs honor Dublin Chief Phil Meyers. Left to right, Sam Cramer, Jr., Mike Wood, Denny Loux, Jr. Phil Meyers, Ed Truman, Fire Company President Bill Cope, and Steve Walther.

Past and present Doylestown chiefs honor Dublin Chief Phil Meyers. Left to right, Sam Cramer, Jr., Mike Wood, Denny Loux, Jr. Phil Meyers, Ed Truman, Fire Company President Bill Cope, and Steve Walther.

Steve Walther congratulates retiring Dublin Chief Phil Meyers on behalf of Doylestown Fire Company for his years of service.

Steve Walther congratulates retiring Dublin Chief Phil Meyers on behalf of Doylestown Fire Company for his years of service.

Central Bucks Ambulance Deputy Chief Scott Henley presented a plaque to Chief Ed Truman and President Bill Cope for the cooperation between the two organizations.

Central Bucks Ambulance Deputy Chief Scott Henley presented a plaque to Chief Ed Truman and President Bill Cope for the cooperation between the two organizations.

Mark Hamilton receives the President's Award.

Mark Hamilton receives the President’s Award.

Mike Wood receives the Chiefs Award.

Mike Wood receives the Chiefs Award.

Pete Mills and Aaron Soldavin received 15 year service pins.

Pete Mills and Aaron Soldavin received 15 year service pins.

Grant Castor received a 10 year service pin.

Grant Castor received a 10 year service pin.

Ed Loux received a 25 year service pin.

Ed Loux received a 25 year service pin.

Sam Cramer, Jr. received a 35 year service pin.

Sam Cramer, Jr. received a 35 year service pin.

John Cope received a 45 year service pin.

John Cope received a 45 year service pin.

Pete Mills was recognized for his time as Recording Secretary.

Pete Mills was recognized for his time as Recording Secretary.

George Erb was recognized for his time as Assistant Communications Officer.

George Erb was recognized for his time as Assistant Communications Officer.

Will Fluck and Pete Mills were recognized for their service as engineers.

Will Fluck and Pete Mills were recognized for their service as engineers.

The attendance award winners.

The attendance award winners.

The training award winners.

The training award winners.

Don Talenti and Tony Montemurro were named Rookies of the Year.

Don Talenti and Tony Montemurro were named Rookies of the Year.

Denny Loux, Sr. and George Erb were honored for 23 years of service as fire police officers.

Denny Loux, Sr. and George Erb were honored for 23 years of service as fire police officers.

Bill Cope was honored for 19 years of service as Relief Association Secretary.

Bill Cope was honored for 19 years of service as Relief Association Secretary.

Assist in Plumsteadville for building fire

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Rescue 19, along with Battalions 19 and 79, responded to the building fire at 6071 Durham Rd. in Plumstead Township. Rescue 19 responded as the RIT team and went in service assisting with overhaul and burning trees.

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Fire company assists Chalfont for building fire

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Rescue 19 and Engine 79 responded to the building fire at 69 E Butler Ave. in Chalfont on April 11 and assisted.

Photos by Chief 19 Ed Truman on his arrival

Horse Rescued from Creek

On Monday, April 15, 2013, The Doylestown Fire Company was dispatched on Marine Box 19-3, for a reported horse and rider stuck in a creek. Deputy 19, Mike Wood, arrived and established Doylestown Command. Rescue 19, Ladder 79, along with Dive Rescue 41 and Rescue 41, were dispatched to the scene. On arrival, crews found a horse stuck in the creek behind the houses on Pine Valley Drive in Doylestown, Township. The horse and rider had slipped off the narrow pathway next to the creek and the horse quickly became stuck in the muddy bottom. Crews from Doylestown and Point Pleasant Fire Companies, along with Police, Ranger, and PA Large Animal Rescue Task Force and Central Bucks Ambulance worked for over an hour to get the horse free from the muck. In the end, the horse and rider were reunited without any injuries. Thank you to our mutual aid support from Point Pleasant Fire Company for assisting with the rescue operations. Photos by Sara Grogan and Larry Browne

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Pancake Day 2013 is a delicious success!

Steve Downs and Brett Fetterolf serve up to-go meals from the canteen

Steve Downs and Brett Fetterolf serve up to-go meals from the canteen

The annual Pancake Day celebration was a huge success as over 1800 meals of pancakes and sausages were served by the members, families and friends of the fire company at the Shewell Ave. station. Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the morning with us. We look forward to the next one!

Pancake day- it's not perfect without the community coming together to enjoy.

Pancake day- it’s not perfect without the community coming together to enjoy.

Pancakes were prepared by many volunteers over the hot grills. From left- Will fluck, Annie Vancosky, Marguerite Quinn, Tom Smith and Lori Westover.

Pancakes were prepared by many volunteers over the hot grills. From left- Will Fluck, Jeff Kennedy, Annie Vancosky, Marguerite Quinn, Tom Smith and Lori Westover.