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Monthly Archives: September 2016

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.

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.