Our members have been working diligently to place the new engines in service soon. This past weekend, hose was packed and our new MSA SCBA training started, along with driver training on the trucks. It’s a big job to get all of these tasks finished, and we’re getting closer to the finish line. Of course, none of this could be done without the efforts of our volunteer members, and the support of the community we serve.We also added a finishing touch to Engine 79. Thanks to the artistry and generosity of Mike Berenstain, we have Papa Bear as the truck’s mascot! We look forward to sharing all of these new additions with everyone this summer!
Yes, it is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. On April 24, 2019, that was very true for Past Chief Steve Walther. Walther, his wife Cindy and daughter Steffi along with members of the fire company attended the Doylestown Rotary’s 4-Way Test Awards breakfast at Doylestown Country Club. A crowd of over 300 was there to honor Steve and the other recipients of the 4-Way award. Steve was recognized for his over 60 years of service to the Doylestown and Warwick Communities as a volunteer. He joins firefighters Jeff Kennedy and Tom Smith as recipients of the award. In addition to his fire service time, Steve is also a volunteer for Special Olympics. Well done Steve!
The fire company was also the recipient of a grant from the Rotary at the gathering. President Jay Fetterolf accepted the check for $3100 on behalf of the fire company.
And breakfast was very, very good!
Thanks to all who came out or bought tickets to this year’s pancake day! We served 1,773 breakfasts, the weather was great, and all involved had a blast and great pancakes and sausages! Thanks for all of the words of support and encouragement as always. We love and appreciate your support every day. Pancake Day is one of the days we can meet each other.
It really is the beginning of the Spring social event of the year in Doylestown.
When a fire company is in need of assistance for a call, they add mutual aid, surrounding companies that bring additional support. Mutual aid works both ways both given and received. So when one firefighter needs assistance, we all come to the call. If you can give our friend and other firefighters with ALS assistance, we will all appreciate it!
Our drill night instructors!
Last night, our members had a great class on Animal Emergency Care for First Responders. We have pictures of the wonderful humans from Telford Veterinary Hospital who taught the class with compassion and love, and the humans that learned from them (us). But when it came down to the stars, it was this trio of pooches who were not only willing demonstrators, but good sports. Meet Finley the frenchie, Laverne (male) the longhair, and Heidi with Telford Veterinary’s Jon Detweiler, one of our instructors. Thanks also to Dr. Sharon Minninger, Megan, Mike and our own firefighter Rachel Loux, who had lots of patience for all.
On June 6, 2018, the annual Old Timers Night was held at the Shewell Ave. firehouse. The event is a night for members of the fire company to join with local community leaders and officials to relax, eat a great dinner prepared by members of the Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary, and recognize members for efforts over the past year.
In addition, the acting State Fire Commissioner, Bruce Trego, attended and addressed the gathering. Trego was invited by State Representative Marguerite Quinn, who was also in attendance, along with numerous local and state officials. Before the event Trego met with Chiefs from are fire companies at Doylestown Borough hall. They discussed the challenges facing the volunteer companies in Pennsylvania, and what is on the horizon. Many long-time, but less active life members of the fire company attended, as well as some very young future members.
Members who were recognized at the annual banquet in April were again introduced. President’s award and Firefighter of the year Grant Castor, 50 year member John Cope, Chief’s award recipient Will Fluck, Rookie of the year Mike Kleban and new life members Jeff Kennedy, Peter Mills and Aaron Soldavin were highlighted again.
Local businesses were honored for their generosity and partnership with the fire company, including Kniese’s Plumbing.
Also, donations were received from the County of Bucks, Steely and Smith Insurance, and the Fire Company Auxiliary.
The 150th Doylestown Memorial Day parade, the longest continuously running Memorial Day parade in the US, made it’s way through the streets of Doylestown Borough on May 29, 2018. The Fire Company and Auxiliary marched and rode, joining the annual remembrance of those who gave their lives in service to the country. Thank you to all who had such kind words of support and appreciation for what we do for the community. It is humbling to see everyone stand and applaud, but the reason for the parade is those who never came home.
The Doylestown Fire Company’s January meeting is when the officers for the coming year are sworn into office. On Jan. 3, 2018, the new slate took their oath of office and got to work. Doylestown Borough Mayor Ron Strouse, a contributing member of the company as well, Administered the oath of office to the Line and Administrative, Fire Police and Auxiliary officers.
The line and administrative officers for 2018 are-
Chief- Mike Wood
Deputy Chief- Ed Truman
Battalion Chiefs- Jim Shepard and Ed Loux
Captains- Lori Westover and Dan Kline
Lieutenants- Don Talenti and Peter Mills
President- Jay Fetterolf
1st Vice President- Steve Walther
2nd Vice President- Kyle Downs
Treasurer- Tony Montemurro
Asst. Treasurer- Steve Downs
Asst. Recording Secretary- Karen Truman
Financial Secretary- Jay Stough
Asst. Financial Secretary- Bill Cope
Trustees- Larry Browne, Jim Hampton, Jeff Anlauf, Steve Cote, Michele Cevasco and Ray Bosche
In addition to the installation of officers and 3 fire calls, the body was presented with a $9000 donation from the Travis Manion Foundation to support our scholarship program. Robin Fetterolf-Dunckley of Steely and Smith Insurance presented the fire company with a certificate congratulating the company on taking all of the necessary steps for risk prevention and reduction from one of the fire company’s insurers, VFIS.
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.
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