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As is the tradition at Doylestown Fire Company No. 1, the first Wednesday night of the month means the installation of officers for the new year at the fire company. This year though, for the first time in seven years, there was a change at the top. Denny Loux, Jr., a life member and Chief for the past 7 years, was not at the front for the room being sworn in as Chief. Loux, who has been a line officer for most of his time spent volunteering at the fire company, stepped down as chief. After new chief Ed Truman was sworn in by Senior Judge Ollie Groman, Sr., Loux was honored by the fire company by his officers and firefighters with the traditional red helmet of a past chief. During his time as Chief, many safety reforms were instituted, and the company purchased and placed a new ladder in service. Over his time as chief, Loux gave thousands of hours of service to the community and the fire service, and lead the officers and firefighters of the fire company with honor and distinction. He will continue to be active, assisting fire company fire marshal Steve Walther, who is also a past Chief of the company, with investigative duties.
In addition to Truman, who becomes the 22nd member of the fire company to be chief, Michael Wood was installed as Deputy Chief, Paul Kreuter and first time Battalion Chief Bret Morris, returning Captian Lori Westover, and returning lieutenants Jeff Kennedy and Jim Shepard. Communications officer Ed Loux and assistant communications officer George Erb were also swoarn in.
Truman is also a life member of the fire company, has held every elected line officer position, and comes from a family rich in fire service participation. He has numerous relatives who have served in the fire service in the region, including past Doylestown chiefs Sam Cramer, Sr. and Sam Cramer, Jr., his uncle and cousin. He is also a firefighter for Merck in Montgomery County.
President Bill Cope was sworn in for his 7th year as president with Jay Fetterolf in his first year as 1st Vice President, Mark Hamilton as 2nd Vice President, Bob McCrillis treasurer, Victor Sarantschin assistant treasurer, Peter Mills recording secretary, Annie Baughman asst. recording secretary, Jack Connard financial secretary, trustees Bill Price, Dan Kline, B. J. Loughnane, Jim Hampton, Kyle Downs and Larry Browne.
As part of his first Chief’s report, Truman reported that the fire company responded to calls for services 665 times in 2011. Of those calls, 163 were for structure fires and 51 for rescues. Members have recorded over 15,000 hours of volunteer service to the Doylestown community in each of the past 3 years.
The first annual George Casey Memorial 5K run through the streets of Doylestown Borough on October 8, 2011, was a race in memory of a man who left a legacy of community service. Casey, who passed away in late December of 2010, was a retired police officer who served in both Doylestown Borough and Plumstead Township. He was also a volunteer firefighter with both Doylestown and Plumsteadville Fire Companies. Because of this, his youngest daughter Megan decided that she wanted to undertake an event in the memory of her father that would benefit the two fire companies he gave so much to over the years.
Over 100 runners and walkers traversed the course that wound through the neighborhoods of Doylestown Borough on a beautiful fall Saturday morning. Fire trucks and firefighters from both companies lined the course, cheering on the participants. Scouts manned the water station at Linden Elelmentary School. The winner was Megan D’Arcangelo in a time of 20:19. The second place winner and top male finisher was David Boelker, with a time of 21:22.
After the race, participants and fans gathered at the Doylestown Fire Company firehouse on Shewell Ave. for refreshments and an award ceremony. In addition to the 2 top finishers, awards were given to third place overall runner Andy Jarin, fourth place overall Ryan Bennett, second overall femaile Erin Burker and Aubrie Fennecken, who was awarded third place overall female after Lauren Casey, a family member, was disqualified for being related to Megan and George Casey.
Results are available at www.pretzelcitysport.com
For more information on the George Casey 5k, go to www.georgecasey5k.org
Doylestown Fire Company’s annual Fire Prevention Open House kicks off Fire Prevention week every October First Friday. This year’s event featured the fire company’s fire safety house, where kids and parents got to learn about fire prevention and safety issues. Kids were also able to try on fire gear, put out a “house fire” with a real fire hose, and tour fire trucks. Doyle the Dalmatian was giving and receiving hugs, and the Doylestown Fire Company Auxiliary served free food and beverages.
Also, Megan Browne, daughter of Fire Prevention Officer Larry Browne, assembled 2 baskets for a raffle she held at the event. Megan donated the proceeds to fire company president Bill Cope at the end of the evening. The winning baskets were won by Doylestown Borough resident Janet Casey and Caleb Rufe of Doylestown Township. The raffle raised $32.
Doylestown’s Fire Prevention Unit reminds everyone that every day is fire prevention day. Make sure you check your smoke detectors monthly, change the batteries when you change your clock, and practice a home safety drill at least once a year.
Poco’s Restaurant owner Wayne Cauble presents Doylestown Fire Company president Bill Cope and Deputy Chief Ed Truman with a check for $4226, the proceeds of a fund raiser held at the restaurant on 9/11/11, in honor of the work of Doylestown firefighters on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Cauble said that $1356 of the donation was from cash donations by customers that evening at the Doylestown landmark, and $2870 was the net profit for the night from sales at the restaurant and bar.
The members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 are very appreciative of the generosity and efforts of Wayne Cauble, his staff and the customers that evening.
Members of Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 have responded to over 400 emergency calls in 2011 and in 2010 recorded over 15,000 hours of volunteer service to the Doylestown and Central Bucks area. The company has been an all-volunteer organization since 1879.
The Doylestown Fire Company’s annual fire prevention open house will be held on October 7, 2011 and have fun and education for kids and adults. There will be fire trucks, fire safety information and education, gear for kids and adults to try on, and Doyle the Dalmatian! The Teddy Bear Clinic from Doylestown Hospital’s Emergency Department will be there to attend to the health needs of kids’ favorite stuffed friends.
Also, there will be late registration available for the George Casey Memorial 5K run, and information on the event, as well as credential pick up and a vendor fair.
The event is free! It runs from 6:30-9 PM at the Shewell Ave. Firehouse at 68 Shewell Ave, in Doylestown Borough.