Needmore Fire Co. Honors Gregory
Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. members and their guests gathered again this year at the American Legion in Hancock Saturday evening to honor their own at the company’s 43rd annual banquet.
The company recognized its past captain by naming Justin Gregory as its 2012 Fireman of the Year. During the award presentation, Gregory was recognized for working his way up in the company from a junior firefighter to the past three years as a senior member. He was one of the company’s top responders both last year and this year. Employed at Mellott’s Wood Preserving, Gregory resides in Needmore.
The Herb Fischer Memorial/ President’s Award was given to Donna Carbaugh by company President Wavy Kirk. Kirk said, “Even though it is often hard to choose the person for this award, this year it was a little easier, adding that Donna has done more than her duties. She has filled in for our secretary and treasurer and dealt with me calling at the last minute for tickets and paperwork. She never once complained.”
NVFC Fire Chief JR Sigel presented the Buzz Strait Memorial Chief’s Award to junior member Bradley D. Carbaugh, saying “This person has come a long way since joining the department four years ago. He is active in the fire department, the EMS and in fundraising. He has been a top responder for the past four years and has played a major role in making our company successful every year.”
Robert Fleegle was named the EMS Provider of the Year. He has been a member of the company for 15 years and has been a top responder for the past three years. He reached a 25-year milestone last year that includes his years of service in Blair County. He was 2011 Fireman of the Year and is starting his second full year as deputy coroner. He was presented the award by the 2011 EMS Provider of the Year recipient Lisa Fleegle.
At the 2011 banquet, Lisa Fleegle was recognized as the first in the company’s history to reach a 30-year milestone as an active EMT. This year, Donna Carbaugh was recognized for reaching the milestone. Carbaugh also became certified as an EMT-1 instructor in 2012.
Twenty-five-year membership awards were presented to Tina Strait, Joseph Tritle, Donald Lake and James Divelbliss III.
A memorial service was held for Bud McKinley.
Wavy Kirk discussed the year’s activities and reported accomplishments that included purchasing a new piece of equipment and getting all of the company’s paperwork computerized.
Kirk will serve again as company president in 2013. Denis Strait will serve as vice president, with Mary Hann as secretary, Donna Carbaugh as assistant secretary, Carrie Harr as treasurer, and Gerri Strait assistant treasurer. Ruby Barnhart will serve as chaplain, and Betty Strait will serve as her assistant; Donna Carbaugh as relief treasurer; Gerri Strait as assistant relief treasurer; Brian Strait as ambulance treasurer; and Buck Richards as assistant ambulance treasurer. The company directors are Lisa Fleegle, JR Sigel, Denis Strait, Scott Barton and Stacy Barnhart.
Fire chief’s report
Fire Chief Sigel reported the company responded to 248 calls during 2012
Calls included: 39 motor ve- hicle accidents, 20 structure fires, 18 medical assists, 27 engine transfers, 22 public service calls, 11 vehicle fires, 9 brush fires, 59 tree/wires on road, 11 chimney fires, 3 landing zones and 29 mutual aid calls.
The company’s firefighters responded to calls in the following townships and other areas: Belfast (92), Bethel (107), Thompson (15), Todd (1), Licking Creek (5), Brush Creek (14), Union (9), Ayr (4) and Dublin (1),
Sigel recognized the top-10 responders (with number of responses in parentheses): Terry Hann (47), William Messerly (50), John Beatty (50), Dave Stotler (66), Wavy Kirk (68), Bob Fleegle (79), Scott Barton (85), Kirby Carbaugh (92), Justin Gregory (96), Denis Strait (107) and JR Sigel (154). Three junior members, Justin Dias (46), Hunter Willey (157), and Bradley Carbaugh (166) were recognized. It was also announced that Carbaugh will receive a $100 savings bond in memory of Destiny Knable, a junior member who was killed in 2010 in an automobile accident.
Sigel also announced that the company bought a new tanker to replace its 1984 International.
In 2013, Sigel will again lead the company as chief with Denis Strait as deputy chief, Bob Fleegle as 1st assistant chief, Scott Barton as captain, Terry Hann as lieutenant, Lisa Fleegle as ambulance captain, and Stacy Barnhart as ambulance lieutenant.
It was reported that the ambulance company made 241 runs on the emergency vehicles in 2012.
The company responded to calls in Belfast (65), Bethel (109), Thompson (15), Brush Creek (19), Union (6), Licking Creek (13), Ayr (3), Dublin (1), Washington County, Md. (1) and Allegany County, Md. (1)
Calls by type included: medical (99), trauma (53) and other (89), which included refusals, standbys, transfers, public service and accidental medical alarms.
The top EMS responders were recognized, including: David Stotler (183), Lisa Fleegle (92), Stacy Barnhart (77), Bob Fleegle (68), Wavy Kirk (48), JR Sigel (39), Kirby Carbaugh (36), Terry Hann (28), Scott Barton (27) and George Johnson (24).
Junior responders recognized included Bradley Carbaugh (57) and Hunter Willey (63).
The company received medic assists from companies 56, 59, 60, 1810, Morgan Medic 7, Allegany Car 43 and Lifenet 8.
More than 125 company members and guests attended the banquet and awards ceremony.
Lou Dennis served as master of ceremonies for the evening.