Donna Welsh Receives MVFC Top Honor
The McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. (MVFC) gave its most coveted award to Donna Welsh on Saturday evening. Acknowledging her work in bingo and other fundraising and praising her for her work in obtaining grants for the company, MVFC named Welsh the 2010 Firefighter of the Year.
Welsh, who has held various positions in the company, received the 2009 Chief’s Award last year. Welsh was presented the award by longtime company member and emcee of Saturday night’s banquet, David R. Hoover II.
Votes for the company’s Firefighter of the Year are cast only by former firemen of the year.
Nearly 200 members and invited guests attended the company’s 49th annual banquet held at the American Legion in McConnellsburg.
During the evening’s program, other awards presented included:
Chief’s Award to Cody Lynch presented by his father, “Pete” Lynch. Lynch, in an emotional moment, said, “In 1993, the Chief’s Award was presented to my father and tonight I am presenting it to my son. “Pete” Lynch’s father, Walter “Reed” Lynch passed away on January 10 of this year. He had the honor of being the MVFC’s first Fireman of the Year. Cody, an EMT, is the company’s financial secretary and its ambulance chief. He was an ambulance squad top responder in 2010.
Company President Jeff Harr gave the President’s Award to Melvin Hann. Hann has served in various offices of the company and is currently a trustee of the Relief Association. Hann was also a top responder with the ambulance squad in 2010. Harr said the President’s Award will now be called the Walter Reed Lynch Memorial Award.
The Ambulance Chief’s Award was given to Joe Rosenberry by Cody Lynch in recognition of his service to the ambulance squad. He was a top responder driver for the ambulance squad in 2010 and in 2011 will serve as a lieutenant in the fire company.
Fire Chief “Pete” Lynch was presented the EMT of the Year award by MVFC ambulance squad top responders Cody Lynch, Chip Keebaugh, Joe Rosenberry and Robert McQuade.
Bob Thomas received the fire police Top Responder award. Thomas is the first lieutenant of the fire police organization.
“Pete” Lynch gave a special award to his wife, Pam, daughter Jessica and son Cody for their many years of support to him as fire chief.
25-year member awards were given to Connie Brown, Sandra Foor and Cindy Griffith.
County Coroner Berley Souders presented an award of appreciation to Chief Lynch for the company’s cooperation with the coroner’s office over the past difficult year.
A memorial service presided over by Dreama Everts and Tom Blue was held for five life and two active members who passed away in 2010. Life members remembered were Thomas Anderson, Carl Bain, Ralph Fraker, Carl Peck and Howard Sipes. Active members remembered were Howard Fox and Mike Passmore.
Fire Chief Pete Lynch reported that the company responded to more than 314 calls in 2010. Calls included fires (87); rescue/ EMS (53); false alarm and false calls (20); hazmat (9); service calls (71); good intent calls (57); severe weather (10); and special incident (7).
Lynch reported that an average of eight persons responded per call. He also noted that in 2010, the company experienced a $1 million fire with the blaze that destroyed Elvey’s Flowers.
The top 15 responders were Tom Blue, Mike Chilcote, Greg Connelly, Jamie Connelly, Chris Dodson, Roger Everts, Jason Fox, Jeff Harr, Chip Keebaugh, Cody Lynch, Matt Pittman, Bill Penwell, Joe Rosenberry, Eric Spriggs and Bob Thomas.
Awards were also given to four Sparkies and 12 junior members. Top five junior member responders were Ethan Lynch, Johnny Washabaugh, Dylan Souders, Jacob Bookheimer and Zac Sherman.
Lynch will serve as chief again in 2011 with Jeff Harr (deputy chief), Roger Everts (1st assistant chief) and Rodney Buterbaugh Sr. (2nd assistant chief), Ed Stonecipher, Gary Peck, Greg Connelly (engine captains), David Hoover III, Tom Blue, Joe Rosenberry (lieutenants), Eric Spriggs (safety officer), Jason Fox (engineer) and Norman Everts Jr. (junior advisor).
Company directors include Norman Everts Jr., Bob Vores, David Hoover III, Jason Fox and Pete Lynch. Mont Chamberlain, Melvin Hann and Mike Chilcote serve as trustees of the relief association, while David Hoover III, Mont Chamberlain, Dreama Everts, Roger Everts and Jason Fox serve as ambulance club directors.
Ambulance chief’s report
Cody Lynch gave the company’s ambulance report. The company’s ambulances responded to 953 calls in 2010. They included 352 medical emergencies; 349 interfacility; 57 falls; 108 vehicular; 8 other trauma; 3 overdoses, 2 stabbings; 1 bicycle; 3 assaults and 70 other.
The ambulance responded to calls in Ayr (139), Belfast (133), Bethel (8), Dublin (12), Licking Creek (42), McConnellsburg Borough (164), Todd (397), Union (1), Thompson (1), Taylor (5), Huntingdon (3) and Franklin County (48).
Lynch recognized the Top Ten Responders: Chip Keebaugh, EMT (335), Cody Lynch, EMT (256), Joe Rosenberry, driver (216), Robert McQuade, driver (179), Melvin Hann, EMT (149), Joe Harris, EMT (124), Felecia Harris, EMT (73), John Washabaugh, attendant (68), Ethel Whittington, EMT (48) and Trent Clugston, EMT (48).
Cody Lynch will serve as the ambulance chief in 2011, while Chip Keebaugh will serve as captain and Sheila Barton will be the lieutenant.
Advanced life support (ALS)
Advanced life support was provided to the area once again in 2010 by Medic 56. The ALS unit responded to 465 calls in Fulton County and surrounding areas.
The calls included medical emergencies (206), auto accidents (20, trauma (26), interfacility transports (176), fall victims (26) and other (11).
Basic life support units assisted included McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. (365), Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. (33), Mercersburg, Montgomery, Peter & Warren VFC (48), Hustontown (6), Metal Township VFC (5), and Fannett Metal (8)
Fire police report
Fire police officers for 2011 include Andy Carbaugh (captain), Bob Thomas (1st lieutenant), Bill Penwell (2nd lieutenant) and Mary Ann Smith (sergeant).
Ladies auxiliary report
President Dora Lynch presented a check for $7,500 to company President Jeff Harr. The 2011 officers include Lynch as president, Lou Ramsey as vice president, Mae Mann as recording secretary, Peg Kerlin as financial secretary, Dianne Stenger as treasurer, and Hazel Cutchall as chaplain.
President Harr reported on the past year’s activities and told those in attendance that the goal had been to pay off some company debt. He reported that the ambulance was paid off as well as some other loans and, he said, “We will continue to pay off debt in 2011.”
Harr will serve as president in 2011, with Rodney Buterbaugh Sr. as vice president, Cindy Lynch as secretary, Sheila Barton as assistant secretary, Cody Lynch as financial secretary, Dreama Everts as chaplain and Dora Lynch as assistant chaplain. Harr also received a donation of $7,000 from the company’s junior members.
David Hoover II also announced that the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Convention will be hosted by the Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co.
in August of this year. The convention includes firefighters from a five-state area. Elected officials in attendance at Saturday night’s banquet included county commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David R. Hoover II and Craig Cutchall and county coroner Berley Souders.