The annual Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Emergency Services Awards ceremony was held on October 25, 2015, at the Spring Mill Country Club in Northampton Township. Formerly known as the Burpee Awards, the ceremony is held to honor members of Central Bucks County Fire and EMS organizations. This year the fire company’s honoree was the 2015 Firefighter of the Year, Tom Smith.
Also honored was James Babinetz, a fire company member who is also a volunteer with Warrington Ambulance. He was honored for his tireless service to the ambulance company.
Congrats to Tom, James and all of the recipients last night!
Recently, video has circulated of a small fire in a postal vehicle in Doylestown Township, where it appears that three police officers are extinguishing a fire. In reality, two of the three are Doylestown firefighters, who were on their way to work as public servants at a facility in the area. The third is indeed a Doylestown Township police officer who was there to lend a hand, who is also a well-trained volunteer firefighter. Serving the public is what they do. The fire was small and contained to the engine compartment. A second, better staffed engine company arrived as the fire was extinguished.
As an all-volunteer organization, we occasionally are called and have fewer members than we’d like respond, or are delayed in response to their stations. Our members are trained to extinguish fires and mitigate emergencies as quickly and safely as possible. That was the goal of the members in the video and is every day we serve. What we wear for our jobs may be different, but at our core, when called, we are firefighters. In this incident, no one was injured, the fire was extinguished, and our members went to work like any other day.
Weekdays are the toughest times for most volunteer fire companies. Members no longer work at businesses that can allow them to respond to calls or don’t work close enough to respond safely. We’re always looking for individuals to join and help us keep the Doylestown community safe.
Fire police captain and past president Drew McPherson will be laid to rest on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Services will be held at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home starting at 9 A.M., with interment after at the Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.
Drew was an active member of the fire company since joining in early 2002. He served as a trustee, president, and fire police captain. He was the president of the Bucks County Fire Police Association. He also served on the Doylestown Township Zoning Hearing Board. He is survived by his wife, Darla, his son Glenn, daughter Holly, and grandaughter Aubrey Devon-Elizabeth.
The members of the fire company will miss Drew and his smile. He always had a positive outlook and a good word. Thanks for your service Drew, we’ll take it from here.