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Public Relations

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 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!

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

Congrats to the graduates of Summer ’16 Firefighter 1!

Graduates Todd Whalen,  Nick Tartaglia and Rachael Loux (l to r)

Graduates Todd Whalen, Nick Tartaglia and Rachael Loux (l to r)

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 cadets of Bucks County Public Safety Training Center's Summer '16 Battalion 6 Class.

The cadets of Bucks County Public Safety Training Center’s Summer ’16 Battalion 6 Class.

Here’s to the honorees of 2015!

Firefighter of the year Peter Mills (center) with (l to r) Past president John Cope, President Jay Fteerolf, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and 1st Vice President Bill Cope.

Firefighter of the year Peter Mills (center) with (l to r) Past president John Cope, President Jay Fetterolf, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and 1st Vice President Bill Cope.

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.

Rookie of the Year Steve Lee (center) with with (l to r) Past president John Cope, President Jay Fetterolf, Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., and 1st Vice President Bill Cope.

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.

President Jay Fetterolf (l) and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., present Steve Walther with the longevity award.

President Jay Fetterolf (l) and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr., present Steve Walther with the longevity award.

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.

Jack Connard (center) received his 55 year pin from President Jay Fetterolf and Chief Sam Cramer, Jr.

Jack Connard (center) received his 55 year pin from President Jay Fetterolf and Chief Sam Cramer, 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 award winners (l to r) Craig Lager, Dan kline, Steve Lee, Bill Price and Same Cesare.

Attendance award winners (l to r) Craig Lager, Dan kline, Steve Lee, Bill Price and Same Cesare.

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%.

Ho Ho Ho! The big man arrives on time!

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Sgt. Kreuter leads the parade into town.

Kevin Morris and some lucky family members have a great view as the Fox approaches with the big man!

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With his special escorts, the man of the hour arrives!

Thousands are greeted by Santa at the corner of State and Main for the 101st time!