Gary Peck Chosen MVFC’s 2011 “Fireman Of The Year”
The McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. (MVFC) bestowed its top honor on Gary L. Peck on Saturday evening. Acknowledging his more than 10 years with the company as an officer and with the ambulance squad, MVFC named Peck the 2011 Fireman of the Year.
Peck, who serves as the deputy ambulance chief in 2012 was presented the award by longtime company member and emcee of Saturday night’s banquet, David R. Hoover II. In accepting the award, he gave an emotional thank-you to the company and to his father, Gerald Peck, who is also a past recipient of the prestigious award.
Votes for the company’s Firefighter of the Year are cast only by former firemen of the year.
More than 175 members and invited guests attended the company’s 50th annual banquet held at the American Legion in McConnellsburg.
During the evening’s program, other awards presented included:
Chief’s Award to Greg Connelly presented by Fire Chief “Pete” Lynch. Connelly is a company captain and one of the company’s top-10 responders in 2011.
Company President Jeff Harr gave the President’s Award to Mae Mann. Mann is the recording secretary for the ladies auxiliary and has for many years been an ever-present fixture in the firehall’s kitchen.
The Ambulance Chief’s Award was given to Jason Pecho by Cody Lynch in recognition of his service to the ambulance squad. He was a top responder driver for the ambulance squad in 2011.
John Washabaugh was presented the EMT of the Year award by MVFC ambulance squad top responders Cody Lynch, Chip Keebaugh, Joe Rosenberry and Robert McQuade.
Special awards were given to David R. Hoover II for his support of the fire company during the years he served as county commissioner; to Ruth Gordon Reeder, who assisted with funding for new company uniforms in memory of her late father, Roy Gordon; and to Newville Fire Co. 47’s Firefighter Roger Neidigh for his heroic efforts in finding and rescuing a juvenile in a February 14, 2011, house fire in Chambersburg.
Fifty-year member awards were given to Earl Carbaugh, Earl Clevenger, Donald Divens, Donald E. Hann, Barry Parsons, Robert Ramsey and Morris L. “Jute” Suders, Jr.
Twenty-five -year member awards were given to James Divelbliss III, Stanley Mellott, Monte Rasp, Douglas Thomas, Bradley Vores and Tina Baker.
A memorial service presided over by Dreama Everts and Tom Blue was held for five life members who passed away in 2011. Life members remembered were Walter Reed Lynch, Dale L. Keebaugh, Donald “Pete” Pepple, Maynard C. Gordon and Robert R. Vores.
Fire Chief Pete Lynch reported that the company responded to more than 340 calls in 2011. Calls included fires (62); rescue/ EMS (69); hazmat (24); and other (188). The calls averaged eight persons per call with a total of 2,689.27 man-hours.
Trucks responded most frequently to Ayr Township (131), McConnellsburg Borough (30) Todd (42), Licking Creek (29) and mutual aid (111).
The top-15 responders were Cody Lynch (140), Greg Connelly (137), Chip Keebaugh (133), Jamie Connelly (128), Pete Lynch (123), Roger Everts (97), Tom Blue (96), Joe Rosenberry (94), Rodney Buterbaugh (85) and Rick Horn (72).
Awards were also given to 12 junior members. Top-12 junior member responders were Dylan Souders, Sierra Carbaugh, Gregory Jefferson, John Washabaugh, Molly Carbaugh, Travis Peck, Zac Sherman, Kelsey Beavers, Tyrese Jefferson, Dylan Everts, Jason Adair and Ethan Lynch.
Lynch will serve as chief again in 2012 with Jeff Harr (deputy chief), Roger Everts (1st assistant chief) and Rodney Buterbaugh Sr. (2nd assistant chief), Ed Stonecipher, Mike Chilcote, Greg Connelly (engine captains), David Hoover III, Tom Blue, Joe Rosenberry, John Seville and Jamie Connelly (lieutenants) 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 1,162 calls in 2011. They included 526 medical emergencies; 224 interfacility; 71 falls; 119 vehicular; 12 trauma; 6 assaults, 3 shootings, 10 motorcycle accidents and 191 other.
Emergency vehicles traveled 55,515.7 miles, with 60 different responders answering at least one call.
The ambulance responded to calls in Ayr (204), Belfast (33), Bethel (2), Brush Creek (2), Dublin (25), Licking Creek (64), McConnellsburg Borough (120), Todd (423), Union (2), Thompson (8), Taylor (10), Huntingdon (3), Franklin County (131) and other (39).
Lynch recognized the top-10 responders: Chip Keebaugh, EMT (360), Cody Lynch, EMT (226), Robert McQuade, driver (173), Joe Rosenberry, driver (156), Melvin Hann, EMT (135), John Washabaugh, EMT (93), Rusty Connelly, EMT (83), Sheila Barton (EMT) (61), Angel Turner, EMT (59) and John Pecho, driver (59)
Cody Lynch will serve as the ambulance chief in 2012, while Gary Peck will serve as his deputy. Chip Keebaugh will serve as lieutenant captain, and John Rice will be the ALS coordinator.
Fire police report
Fire police officers for 2012 include Andy Carbaugh (captain), Bill Penwell (1st lieutenant) and Mary Ann Smith (2nd lieutenant). Carbaugh reported that the fire police logged 747 man-hours in 2011.
Ladies auxiliary report
President Dora Lynch presented a check for $4,000 to company President Jeff Harr. The 2012 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 Dreama Everts as chaplain.
President Harr reported on the past year’s activities and told those in attendance that one of the high points of the year was the company’s hosting of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s
Association’s 10th annual convention in August. The convention includes firefighters from a five-state area.
Harr will serve as president in 2012, with Rodney Buterbaugh Sr. as vice president, Cindy Lynch as secretary, Bonnie Buterbaugh as assistant secretary, Cody Lynch as financial secretary, Dreama Everts as chaplain and Dora Lynch as assistant chaplain. Harr also received a donation of $6,500 from the company’s junior members.
Elected officials in attendance at Saturday night’s banquet included county Commissioners Rodney McCray and Craig Cutchall and Todd Township Supervisor Stanley Mellott.