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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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%.
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!