Harris, Hoover: MVFC Firemen Of The Year
The McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. made history on Saturday evening when it bestowed its top honor on two firemen instead of the usual one. In announcing the award, master of ceremonies David R. Hoover II said that for the first time in the company's 45-year history voting was tied for the award. Joe Harris and David "Dub" Hoover III were both named 2008 Firemen of the Year.
In making the award first to Harris, David Hoover II said, "This man has been in the company for over 15 years and he's always around, at the fire stations, at bingo, on the ambulance runs and helping out at the food stands." In accepting the award, Harris thanked the company members and said, "And I'll still be here doing all the same things."
Harris currently serves the company as deputy ambulance chief and was a top responder for the ambulance squad in 2008.
In presenting the award to "Dub" Hoover, his father, Dave Hoover, said, "This award recipient has been at the firehall for a very, very long time. Calling him a "firehall brat," Hoover also said, "This is also an historic moment because it is the first time that three generations have received this award," referring to his father, the late Rev. David Hoover, himself and his son.
Hoover accepted the award and in an emotional acceptance speech thanked his wife, kids and his parents. He also said, "Thank you to everyone - we really do have an outstanding crew and we work as a team."
Hoover serves as an ambulance club director and as a captain with the fire company.
Both Hoover and Harris and their families live in the Mc- Connellsburg area.
Nearly 200 members and invited guests attended the company's 47th annual banquet held at the American Legion in Mc- Connellsburg.
During the evening's program, other awards presented included:
Chief's Award to Ed Stonecipher, presented by "Pete" Lynch for "eight years of unselfish duty." Stonecipher is a company captain.
EMT of the Year award to Chip Keebaugh. Keebaugh was a top-10 responder for the ambulance service in 2008.
Ambulance Chief's Award to Robert McQuade. McQuade is a driver for the service and was a top-10 responder in 2008. .
50-year member awards were given to Maynard Bard, Carl Gordon, Thornton Mellott Jr., Richard T. Ramsey and Eugene Stenger.
25-year member awards went to Donna Carbaugh, Rita Chamberlain, Nelson Harmon, Jeff Harr, Marlin Harr and Tina Welsh.
Recognition was given to Howard and Sue Fox and Phil Altland for their maintenance of company vehicles.
A memorial service presided over by Dreama Everts and Tom Blue was held for four life members who passed away in 2008, two of whom were past Fireman of the Year recipients. The firemen remembered Stephen Hoover, Donald McQuade, Marlin McQuade and Larry Shade. Chief's report
Fire Chief Pete Lynch reported that the company responded to more than 150 calls in 2008, including: fires (65); auto accidents (63); false alarm and false calls (11); hazmat (3); service calls (11); cancelled in route (52); wires down (8); and trainings (16). Trucks responded most frequently to Ayr Township (48), McConnellsburg Borough (37), Todd (19), Licking Creek (21) and mutual aid (80).
The top responders (with number of responses in parentheses) were: Cody Lynch (152), Pete Lynch (124), and Roger Everts (109), Joe Rosenberry (99), Greg Connelly (98), Jamie Nace (98), Tom Blue (96), Rodney Mellott (94), John Seville (86), Jeff Harr (77), Jason Fox (71), Howard Fox (71), Scott Sipes (70), Eric Spriggs (69), Jason Buterbaugh (67), Robert McQuade (63), Randy Zeger (61) and David Hoover (60). Awards were also given to the top junior member responders.
Lynch will serve as chief again in 2009 with Jeff Harr (deputy chief), Roger Everts (1st assistant chief) and Jason Buterbaugh (2nd assistant chief), Mike Chilcote and Ed Stonecipher (engine captains), David Hoover III and Scott Sipes (lieutenants), Howard Fox (engineer), Jason Fox (assistant engineer) and Norman Everts Jr.(junior advisor).
Ambulance chief's report
Randy Zeger and Dreama Everts gave the company's ambulance report. The company's ambulances responded to 882 calls in 2008. They included: 312 medical emergencies; 354 interfacility; 56 falls; 1 landing zone; 89 vehicular; 1 shooting; 1 bite/sting; 9 other trauma; 3 overdose, 2 obstetrics, 25 fire, 1 elevator rescue, 4 assaults and 22 other.
Emergency vehicles traveled 32,168 miles with 54 different responders answering at least one call. The ambulance responded to calls in Ayr (158), Belfast (12), Bethel (6), Brush Creek (1), Dublin (11), Licking Creek (40), McConnellsburg Borough (169), Todd (425), Union (1), Thompson (1), Taylor (4), Huntingdon (5), Franklin County (35) and 19 other calls.
Zeger recognized the top 10 responders: Cody Lynch, EMT (206), Lauren Beaston, EMT (185), Joe Harris, EMT (148), Melvin Hann, EMT (144) Felecia Harris, EMT (139), Robert McQuade, driver,(108) Gregg Connelly, driver, (101), Chip Keebaugh, EMT, (70), Pat Kelly, (65 and Ethel Whinington, EMT (53). Zeger serves as the ambulance chief in 2009, with Joe Harris as deputy ambulance chief, Dreama Everts as assistant ambulance chief, Cody Lynch as captain and Felecia Harris, Melvin Hann, Trent Clugston and Lauren Beaston as ambulance support officers.
Advanced life support (ALS)
Advanced life support was provided to the area once again in 2008 by Medic 56. The ALS unit responded to 510 calls in Fulton County and surrounding areas.
The calls included: medical emergencies (201), auto accidents (38), trauma (18), interfacility transports (195), fall victims (15) and other (43).
Basic life support units assisted included: McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. (377), Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. (53), Mercersburg, Montgomery, Peter & Warren VFC (48), Hustontown (11), Metal Township VFC (1), Hancock Rescue Squad (1), Fannett Metal (5), St. Thomas (3) and Huntingdon (1)
Fire police report
Don Griffith reported an outstanding year for 2008 and introduced the fire police working officers for 2009: Donald Griffith, captain; 1st lieutenant, Ed Gracey, 2nd lieutenant, Bill Penwell; and Andy Carbaugh, sergeant.
Top responders for 2008 were: Ed Gracey (8 calls, 194 hours), Bill Penwell (83 calls, 163 hours), Lee Rager (80 calls, 232 hours), Don Griffith (77 calls, 185 hours) and Cindy Griffith (37 calls, 102 hours). The fire police had a total of 21 responders and spent 1,483 total man-hours. President's report
Company President Denny Buterbaugh reported on the past year's activities and recognized former president Mike Chilcote for all of the accomplishments made by the company during the past four years. He cited the move into the new company's building, the purchase of new equipment, including the new ATV Ranger as well as the purchase of other new equipment. He thanked Chilcote for his vision and courage.
Buterbaugh reflected on the growth the company is experiencing and said that in 2008, the company spent 32 percent of its budget on payroll. "We have now become an employer rather than an all-volunteer company," he said, referring to the fact that the company has some paid EMS services.
He said his goals for this year include: better tracking of expenditures to determine which activities are profitable and which are not, decrease the company's debt load on the building and equipment, eliminate waste (by immediately closing doors when equipment leaves the building), good management and good maintenance and housekeeping on the building and the establishment of personnel files.
Denny Buterbaugh will serve as president in 2009 with Marty Clark as vice president, Cindy Lynch as secretary, Donna Welsh as assistant secretary, Diane Harr as treasurer, Glenda Akers as financial secretary, Dreama Everts as chaplain and David Hoover II as assistant chaplain.
Buterbaugh also received a donation of $8,000 from the company's junior members with $5,000 earmarked for the building fund and $3,000 for general fund.
Elected officials in attendance at Saturday night's banquet included county commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer and David Hoover II.