Stahle Named NVFC’s 2009 Fireman Of The Year
Stahle, a member of the company since 2005, was presented the award by Mary Hann, who was last year’s winner of the coveted award. He is a Southern Fulton High School graduate and resides in the Warfordsburg area.
A top responder in 2009 for the fire company, he thanked everyone for “all you’ve done for me and for always encouraging me to do my best.” Stahle also serves as a company director.
Brian Strait, the company’s ambulance treasurer, was presented the Herb Fischer Memorial/ President’s Award by company Vice President Mike Hann for his “willingness to assist with anything.” Strait has also served as president of the company in the past.
Company Chief JR Sigel presented the Buzz Strait Memorial Chief’s Award to 1st Assistant Chief Denis Strait. Sigel called it a very difficult award emotionally for him to present. Sigel said “since I was a junior member, I had two individuals who taught me pretty much everything I know.” He explained that one was his late grandfather, Buzz Strait, and the other was Denis. Denis served for many years as the company’s chief, and Sigel said, “I wouldn’t be who or what I am today without Denis.”
Wavy Kirk, the company president, was presented with a hardwork and dedication award.
Ron “Buck” Richards presented 25-year membership awards to: Ralph D. Mellott, Larry Lynch, Eugene “Tom” Ramsey, Sheila McFadden, Keith Stains, Denis Strait, Kenny Bivens, James W. Shank, Ruby Barnhart and Denver Kerns Jr.
Lisa Fleegle received a “dedicated EMS award” for 30 years of service to the EMS.
Mutual aid awards were given to the McConnellsburg and Hancock fire companies.
Company President Jimmy Divelbliss discussed the year’s activities in his report presented by J R Sigel. It was reported that the company purchased a ladder truck and a Spartan rescue engine. The goal for 2010 is to have all members properly trained and certified.
Wavy Kirk will serve as company president in 2010. Mike Hann will serve as vice president, with Mary Hann as secretary, Betty Strait as assistant secretary, Carrie Harr as treasurer, and Karen Hann as assistant treasurer. Lou Dennis will serve as chaplain; Ruby Barnhart as assistant chaplain; Donna Carbaugh as relief treasurer; Gerri Strait as assistant relief treasurer; Brian Strait as ambulance treasurer; Buck Richards as assistant ambulance treasurer; Carol Dennis as ambulance secretary; and Donna Mellott as assistant ambulance secretary. The company directors are Mike Hann, Denis Strait, Donna Carbaugh, Randy Stahle and JR Sigel.
The 2009 treasurer’s report for the company included $77,453 in expenses and $77,492 in income.
Fire chief’s report
Fire Chief JR Sigel reported the company responded to 282 calls during 2009.
Sigel recognized the top-10 responders (with number of responses in parentheses): Erin Gress (58), Chelsea Pittman (58), Eddie Barnhart (63), Michael Barnhart (79), Randy Stahle (95), Justin Carbaugh (104), Wavy Kirk (114), Denis Strait (124), Mike Hann (131), John Beatty (157) and JR Sigel (171). Five junior members, Laura Carbaugh (16), Candy Kirk (20), Bradley Carbaugh (20), Destiny Carbaugh (22) and Hunter Willey (35) were also recognized for their responses to calls.
In 2010, JR Sigel will again lead the company as chief with Mike Hann as deputy chief, Denis Strait as 1st assistant chief, John Beatty 2nd assistant chief, Randy Stahle as captain, Wavy Kirk as lieutenant, Eddie Barnhart as ambulance captain, and Stacy Barnhart as ambulance lieutenant. Fire police report
Ron Powell gave the fire police report. Powell will serve as fire police captain again in 2010, 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.
Carol Dennis presented a check for $2,000 to the company and reported that 2010 auxiliary goals will be to make improvements to the social hall and to re- place its ceiling.
Wavy Kirk presented the company president with a check for $3,000 from bingo proceeds.
Eddie Barnhart reported that the ambulance made 282 runs on the emergency vehicles in 2009. The company responded to calls in Belfast (80), Bethel (106), Thompson (27), Brush Creek (25), Union (27), Licking Creek (7) and Washington County, Md. (3).
The top-10 responders for the year were J R Sigel (37), Wavy Kirk (37), Terry Hann (38), Lisa Fleegle (41), Carol Dennis (47), Jerry Mellott (61), Josh Divelbliss (61) and Donna Mellott (88), David Stotler (108), Eddie Barnhart (113) and Stacy Barnhart (156).
Just over 100 attended the annual banquet held Saturday evening at the Needmore Firehall. Guests in attendance included members of surrounding fire companies as well as state Rep. Dick Hess, Fulton County commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David R. Hoover and Craig C. Cutchall and Sheriff Keith Stains. Hoover served as master of ceremonies for the evening.
Saturday evening’s meal was prepared and served by Pittman’s Supermarket of Hancock, Md.