The executive and line officers for 2011 for Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 were sworn into their positions on Weds., Jan. 5 by Doylestown Borough Mayor Libby White during the fire company’s monthly business meeting at the Shewell Ave. firehouse. Lead by Chief Denny Loux, Jr., and President Bill Cope, the slate of elected officers will serve a one year term of office. Loux, serving his 7th year as chief, and Cope in his 6th as president, both come from firefighting families. The chief’s wife, Donna, is secretary and past president of the Auxiliary, father Denny Sr., is 1st Vice President and Captain of the Fire Police, brother Ed is one of the Chief Engineers and Communications Officer, and daughter Rebecca is a firefighter/EMT. Cope is the third member of his family to serve as president of the fire company. His late father Frank served from 1960-66 and brother John from 1993-97. Cope also serves as the engineer on the fire company’s antique Ahrens-Fox pumper and is a life member of the company. Filling out the ranks of the line officers for 2011 are- John “Ed” Truman, deputy chief, Paul Kreuter and Michael Wood, battalion chiefs, Doug Tilley, Captain, and Jeff Kennedy and James F. Shepard, lieutenants. The communications officers are Ed Loux and George Erb. On the executive side, the 1st Vice President is Denny Loux, Jr., 2nd vice president is Mark Hamilton, treasurer is Robert McCrillis. Assistant treasurer is Jay Stough, recording secretary is Peter Mills, assistant recording secretary is Roseanne Baughman. The trustees are Dan Kline, Bill Price, B. J. Loughnane, Kyle Downs, Jim Hampton and Larry Browne. After the officers of the fire company were sworn in, Mayor White also swore in the fire police officers for 2011- Capt. Denny Loux, Sr., 1st Lt. George Erb, 2nd Lt. Drew McPherson, Sgt. Gian Luiso, and officers Dennis Michener, Mark Hamilton and Sam Cramer, Sr.
On January 10, 2010, Ladder 79 and Engine 19 were dispatched to an address of fire on Springhill Circle in Buckingham. Chief 5 arrived on scene and reported fire on the 2nd floor in a bedroom. Crews from Midway Fire Company Stations 5 and 15 made an interior attack up the stairs. Engine 19’s crew assisted with getting an additional hand line in service. Ladder 79 went to the rear of the dwelling and set up to open the roof. A bulk of the fire was knocked down and crews went into overhaul mode. Engine 19 and Ladder 79 stayed interior to open up all the walls on the 2nd floor to check for any remaining pockets of fire. Rescue 19 was dispatched as an air cascade to fill air bottles. Crews were back in town within 2 hours.
Photos by Sara Grogan
On January 6, 2010, Rescue 19 was dispatched to Blackburn Court to assist with a fully involved dwelling that was under construction. Rescue 19 was initially dispatched as a RIT Team however when crews switched to an exterior operation only due to the amount of fire on arrival Rescue 19 assisted Ladder 74s crew with suppression efforts and exposure protection.