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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

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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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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.