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Community Events

Old Timers night is a hit!

The evening started for Bill Grun, our friend and international internet sensation, when we picked him up in the Fox. Bill Cope at the wheel.

A pair of happy Bill’s- Cope driving, Grun in the officer’s seat.

Bill Grun talks to NBC10.

Old Timers, err life members Clayton Long, Charlie Penglase, Jack Connard, Bill Funk and Sam Cramer, Sr.

The debut of the new Utility 79, with Rescue 19.

A gathering of chiefs, past and present- Doug Tilley, Jim Shepard, Sam Cramer, Sr., Steve Walther and Sam Cramer, Jr.

Jeff Kennedy (r) reads a proclamation in appreciation of 45 years of service by Jay Stough (l).

Jay Stough, center, was honored for 45 years of service. Sam Cramer, Jr. (l) and Jay Fetterolf assisted.

Dan Hinkle, center, was awarded with his life membership. Sam Cramer, Jr. (l) and Jay Fetterolf assisted.

Jeff Hamilton, brother of late life member Mark Hamilton, accepted a flag in recognition of his brother’s service to the company. Sam Cramer, Jr. (l) and Jay Fetterolf assisted.

Jim Hampton (red shirt) was honored by both Midway and Doylestown Fire Companies for a combined 50 years of service. Presenting the award are (l to r) Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., Jim’s son Jason, Midway Chief Hugh Hager, and DFC President Jay Fetterolf.

A packed house enjoyed a relaxed dinner and conversation, along with the award ceremony.

The Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary president beth Tilley presented fire company president Jay Fetterolf with a check for $7500 on behalf of the auxiliary and their fund raising events.

A ride for his lifetime

Bill Grun’s smile was as big as Ladder 79 on April 24, 2017, his 97th Birthday.

The email came about 2 weeks ago from Wesley Enhanced Living, asking for the fire company to come over and participate in resident Bill Grun’s 97th birthday party. “He’s wanted to be a firefighter all his life” it read.

It’s been quite a life.

Grun, an amazingly spry 97 year-old, is as sharp as men decades younger. He still teaches Sunday school and drives a manual shift Model T Ford. He’s a former teacher and a gifted story teller, regaling the assembled partiers on his and his father’s early days. And after his ride on Ladder 79, he jogged across the parking lot. Yes, jogged. There were inquiries into his being permitted to climb the main ladder. We had to deny that wish, but do not doubt he could.

Happy Birthday Bill, and many more. You’re one of us now.

Bill waves as he heads out on a check ride in Ladder 79 with firefighter Peter Mills at the wheel.

With a spring in his step usually reserved for an excited kid, Bill exits the ladder with help from Dan Kline.

 

HIs ride over, Bill and Dan discuss the ladder and it’s capabilities.

 

More on todays visit-

From CBS3-

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From Fox29-

From 6ABC-

Thanks Mike! So much to tell! More room here!

Hickory Kitchen owner Mike Markowitz, center, presents a check for $500 to Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and fire company president Jay Fetterolf, at the fire company business meeting on March 1, 2017. The donation was from 20% of sales at the restaurant on Feb. 23, as part of the “Comfort Food for a Cause” event.

Thanks to Mike Markowitz for the donation at the March monthly business meeting- 20% of sales at Hickory Kitchen on 2/23, plus an additional amount from Mike and staff. Mike and his crew are great neighbors and better people who care about the Doylestown community!

Also, since clocks change this weekend- be sure to check and change all batteries in your smoke detectors! Discard and replace any over 10 years old.

Pancake tickets are available online and at local stores. Keep an eye on our social media pages for additional opportunities.

And last, even though we thought we were done with winter, if we do get the “big one”, make sure to keep your local hydrants clear and happy. Remember, seconds count!

Pancake Day – Saturday March 18th

All you can eat- $5 advance- $6 Door

New! Advanced ticket sales at the Shewell Ave. firehouse!

March 15th, from 5-8 PM! Advance sales end at Midnight, 3/15

Tickets are available at the following businesses in Doylestown-

Aunt Judy’s Family Restaurant
Rutherford’s Camera Shop
Paul B Moyer & Sons Inc
Bagel Barrel
Nats Pizza
Nuts Plus
First Trust Bank, 288 S Main St

Our new flag will fly thanks to Discover Doylestown

The new flag is presented to Chief Sam Cramer, Jr. (l) and president Jay Fetterolf (r) by Discover Doylestown board members (from 2nd left) Jim Weisser, Ron Martin, Krisy Paredes, Rose Yaun and Colette Hearn .

Thanks to the generosity of our community partners Discover Doylestown, the fire company has a new large display flag. For many years, Ladder 79 has flown the colors at the Doylestown 5k, and has become an iconic part of the annual Memorial Day weekend race.  The fire company flies the flag for many area events, and to honor our fallen. We look forward to flying it this Memorial Day weekend for the 25th anniversary of the Doylestown 5K!

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.

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

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The Fire Company 5K crew after the race!

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

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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.

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

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The fire company family portrait post-race.

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

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

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Father and son Jeff and Tyler Kennedy.

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The gear runners after finishing.

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Fire prevention open house is a success!

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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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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.