2009-01-15 / Front Page

Mary Hann NVFC's Fireman Of The Year

Company honors its female staff, firefighters
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

It was definitely the women's turn on Saturday evening as the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. bestowed all four of its major awards on three female company members.

Mary Hann, Needmore, a company member since 1988 and the company's longtime secretary, received the top honor on Saturday evening when she was named "Fireman of the Year" during the company's 39th annual banquet.

Hann was presented the award by last year's recipient, Denis Strait who described Mary as "a hardworking person." Mary received the President's Award in 1990 and in 2002. In addition to her secretarial duties, she also spends a great deal of time in the company's kitchen as often as she is needed.

Mary told the "New" she was surprised to get the award. "It was quite an honor," she said.

Mary was married to the late Chalmer Hann and they are the parents of four children, Donna, Linda, Mike and Karen. She also has four grandchildren. Justin, Laura, Bradley and Bethany.

Memorial service

A memorial service was held for deceased company members Donald McQuade, Ray Wertz and Larry Shade. Both McQuade and Wertz were lifetime members and Wertz was a charter member. Shade was a regular member of the company.

Other awards

Wavy Kirk was the recipient of the company's Herb Fisher Memorial Award. She was presented the award by company President Jimmy Divelbliss, who thanked her for all her help, especially on the financial side of the company. "Wavy has done a great job supporting the company," Divelbliss said. Wavy is a company lieutenant.

Kirk was also the recipient of the Buzz Strait Memorial Award (chief's award). Fire Chief JR Sigel presented the award to Kirk saying "whatever needs done here, Wavy will do it."

The ambulance squad also presented its first EMS award to Carol Dennis. Ambulance Cpt. Jerry Mellott Jr. recognized Carol for her work not only with the ambulance crew but also with bingo. Dennis, the assistant ambulance secretary and a top ambulance responder accepted the award saying, "Thank you, it is an honor."

Twenty-five year membership awards were presented to: Donald Kerlin, Kevin Hensley, Marlin Wertz, Linda Lynch, Michael Klinepeter, Denver Kerns, Jr., Donna Carbaugh and Rick Buterbaugh.

President's report

Company President Jimmy Divelbliss discussed the year's activities in his report. He re- ported that the new building has been completed and all trucks are moved into it. A new ambulance was purchased as well as a new fire truck. The truck was purchased through the Relief Association.

Divelbliss said the next step is to renovate the upstairs of the firehall for rental to the district magisterial judge.

Jim Divelbliss will serve again as company president in 2009. Mike Hann will serve as vice president, with Mary Hann as secretary, Gerri Strait as assistant secretary, Carrie Harr as treasurer, and Karen Hann as assistant treasurer. Lou Dennis will serve as chaplain; Donna Carbaugh as relief treasurer; Gerri Strait as assistant relief treasurer; Brian Strait as ambulance treasurer; Buck Richards as assistant ambulance treasurer; Donna Mellott as ambulance secretary; and Carol Dennis as assistant ambulance secretary. The company directors are Mike Hann, Brian Strait, George Johnson, Gerri Strait and J.R. Sigel.

The 2008 treasurer's report for the company included $72,407 in expenses and $72,643 in income.

Fire chief's report

Fire Chief J.R. Sigel reported the company responded to 216 calls during 2008.

Sigel recognized the top 10 responders (with number of responses in parentheses): Josh Divelbliss (48), Jim Divelbliss (48), Brian Strait (52), David Stotler (54), Denis Strait (62), Rhonda Knable (78), Steve Knable (90), Wavy Kirk (101), John Beatty (137), Mike Hann (145) and J.R. Sigel (168). Three junior members, Destiny Knable (41), Amber Knable (41) and Justin Carbaugh (112) were also rec- ognized for their responses to calls.

In 2009, J.R. Sigel will take again lead the company as chief, with Mike Hann as deputy chief, Brian Strait as assistant chief, Denis Strait as captain, John Beatty as 1st captain, and Wavy Kirk and Steve Knable will be the company's lieutenants.

Fire police report

Ron Powell gave the fire police report. Ron will serve as fire police captain again in 2009 while Daryl Reed serves as lieutenant. Other fire police include Gerald Mellott, sergeant; Joanne Mellott, secretary; and Lou Dennis, Cam Mellott, Jerry Mellott Sr., Norma Wertman and Sharon Mellott.

Auxiliary report

Polly Lynch, auxiliary president, reported that auxiliary has bingo scheduled for the first Saturday of each month and a basket bingo scheduled for every month.

She said the auxiliary wants to work on making improvements to the building and kitchen, including window repairs.

Wavy Kirk presented the company president with a check for $3,000 from Wednesday night bingo proceeds.

Ambulance report

Jerry Mellott Jr. reported that the ambulance made 362 runs on the emergency vehicles in 2008. The company responded to calls in Belfast (87), Bethel (143), Thompson (39), Brush Creek (25), Union (5), Ayr (1) and Washington County, Md. (2).

Medivacs were used from Stat Medivac and Life Lion.

He reported that the company purchased a new ambulance and the new expense was $160,000. The old ambulance was traded in for $55,000. He reported that the new ambulance was paid for without borrowing, and the total income for the year was $40,649

The top 10 responders for the year were Ron Powell (38), Josh Divelbliss (45), Lou Dennis (47), George Johnson (70), Eddie Barnhart (82), Carol Dennis (105), Jerry Mellott Jr. (150), Donna Mellott (169), Stacey Barnhart (176) and David Stotler (182).

In 2009, Jerry Mellott Jr. will serve as ambulance captain and Eddie Barnhart is the ambulance lieutenant.

Just over 100 attended the annual banquet on a cold and icy evening. Guests in attendance included members of surrounding fire companies as well as Fulton County commissioners Dan Swain, Bonnie Mellott Keefer and David Hoover. Hoover served as master of ceremonies for the evening.

Saturday evening's meal was prepared and served by Pittman's Supermarket of Hancock, Md.

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