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VFW Recognizes Safety Officers January 16, 2019

The James A. Danner VFW Post 537 recently held a Safety Banquet to honor all first responders from the area and to specifically recognize one firefighter, one emergency medical technician (EMT), and one police officer. VFW Post 537 sought nominations from supervisory officers in Fairview Township, Newberry Township, and the borough of Goldsboro.

To be eligible for an award, nominees had to meet various criteria. The three primary criteria were recognition by their colleagues, unswerving loyalty to and active performance in safety of citizens, and dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years, showing continuous growth in responsibility and experience.

The Firefighter of the Year for 2018 is Kyle Harbold. He serves as the fire police captain, assisting the Newberry Township Police Department in both emergency and nonemergency situations. He had the highest response to calls within the Newberry Township Fire Department.

Leslie Garner of Newberry Township's EMS was selected as the Post 537's Emergency Medical Technician Award winner for 2018. Garner began as an EMT in 2002 and became a medic in 2008. She has served as a full-time medic in Newberry Township since 2013.

Post 537 chose Detective Daniel Grimme of Newberry Township Police Department as the Police Officer of the Year. Grimme, an eight-year veteran of the Newberry Township Police Department, serves in the department's Criminal Support Unit. In the past year, he was instrumental in prosecuting several individuals who illegally delivered narcotics. In addition to general investigations, he also investigates domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Nominations for the 2019 Safety Officers can be submitted at any time prior to Sunday, Sept. 1, to the James A. Danner VFW Post 537. For more information, readers may call Charlie at 724-630-4956.

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"Train With The Firefighters" Event Slated January 3, 2019

Northwest EMS will sponsor a Train With the Firefighters event hosted by Mastersonville Fire Company, 2121 Meadow View Road, Manheim, on Monday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Subjects will include Hands-Only CPR and Stop the Bleed. Hands-Only CPR is a life-saving intervention that can be performed by bystanders and is believed to be nearly as effective as conventional CPR. The Stop the Bleed campaign is a Homeland Security initiative to prevent loss of life in mass trauma situations by teaching bystanders to apply tourniquets and equipping communities with Stop the Bleed kits.

Call 717-665-5192 to sign up and for more details.

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Fire Company Sets Breakfast January 2, 2019

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. Separate prices have been set for adults and for children ages 2 to 12, with children under age 2 admitted for free.

Breakfast will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, toast, biscuits and beverages. Proceeds will support the fire company.

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Gospel Singing Event Planned January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will host a gospel singing event on Saturday, March 9. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Fire Company Sets Breakfast January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will hold a breakfast on Saturday, March 16, from 6 to 10 a.m.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Mud Sale, Quilt Auction Planned January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will hold special events on Saturday, April 20. A mud sale will begin at 9 a.m., with a quilt auction taking place starting at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Yard Sale, Barbecue Slated January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will hold special events on Saturday, May 4. A yard sale will begin at 7 a.m., and the Big John Nolt chicken barbecue dinner will take place from 9 a.m. until the food is sold out.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Fire Company Sets Fish Fry January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will hold a fish fry on Saturday, May 18, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are required and must be purchased by Saturday, May 11. For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Fire Company To Host Chicken Barbecue January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will hold the Big John Nolt chicken barbecue dinner on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. until sold out.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Soup, Sub Sale Planned January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will hold a soup and sub sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. until quantities are sold out.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Craft Show, Bake Sale Planned January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will host a craft show and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Fire Company Sets Breakfast January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will host a breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 6 to 10 a.m.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Soup, Sub Sale Planned January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will hold a soup and sub sale on Saturday, Feb. 2. The food will be available from 8 a.m. until sold out.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Fire Company Slates Breakfast January 2, 2019

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 N. King St., Denver, will host a breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 10 a.m.

For more information, call 717-336-6767.

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Fire Company Escorts Santa December 26, 2018

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Successful Toy Drive Held December 14, 2018

Thanks to donors in its service area, Northwest EMS (NWEMS) filled three ambulances and a transit van from Pleasant View Retirement Community with toys that it delivered to the Toys for Tots distribution warehouse, the empty Bon-Ton store at Park City.

The NWEMS staff members who delivered the toys included EMT Darren Martin, EMT Kenny Barton, paramedic Erle Smith, and EMT Lori Shenk, along with Pleasant View Retirement Community sales and marketing manager Amanda Hall and grounds/facility maintenance employee Jason Hallet.

The donated toys were collected in NWEMS stations in Elizabethtown, Maytown, Manheim, and Brickerville, as well as in the East Donegal Township Municipal Office, Brickerville Fire Company, Esbenshade's Garden Center, Pleasant View Retirement Community, Masonic Village Farm Market, Manheim Library, and Two Cousin's Manheim. They were also accepted at the Manheim Lions Club Santa Run and the Manheim Borough tree lighting ceremony.

More than 2,000 families from Lancaster County have signed up for assistance from the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

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Chaplain Will Retire December 7, 2018

Chaplain James Carr will retire at the end of 2018 from Fire Department Mount Joy after 35 years of active service. Feeling a desire to serve his community, and at the urging of his neighbor, Carr joined the then Friendship Fire Company of Mount Joy as a photographer in 1983 and soon after began serving as chaplain.

Through the years, Carr has spent many hours praying for each member of the department and their family, leading devotions at company meetings, and giving invocations at department functions. Additionally, Carr served through fire prevention activities and giving station tours to school groups.

Carr said the highlights of his years with the fire department are the friendships he has made, the fire company's celebration of Carr's 50th birthday in the social hall, and, most recently, blessing the new ladder truck.

Beyond the fire company, Carr has served the community through the local Jaycees, presiding as a Blue Chip Chapter president and being named Jaycee Member of the Year. Carr also worked for Country Table Restaurant for 17 years.

Carr will continue to be a frequent presence at the department, helping where needed, maintaining the friendships he has built over the years, and praying for those who serve each time they answer the call.

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Fire Department Sets Holiday Fun Fest November 29, 2018

The Rheems Fire Department, 350 Anchor Road, Elizabethtown, will hold its annual Holiday Fun Fest on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The child-friendly event will include crafts, snacks, door prizes, and free photos with Santa. Door prizes will be awarded at approximately 7:15 p.m.

The event is free to the public, and no tickets are required; however, donations are always appreciated. More information can be found at www.rheemsfire.com or on the fire department's Facebook page.

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Fire Company Plans Holiday Events November 29, 2018

Longwood Fire Company will escort Santa on a company fire truck to visit areas served by Longwood's fire and rescue service. Santa will hand out candy canes to all residents in the area. All of the trips will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the following dates: Saturday, Dec. 15, Kennett Township; Sunday, Dec. 16, Pocopson Township; Saturday, Dec. 22, Pennsbury Township; and Sunday, Dec. 23, East Marlborough Township.

Longwood Fire Company has served the community since 1921. For more information, readers may visit www.longwoodfireco.com.

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Fire Company Awarded Grant November 26, 2018

Union Volunteer Fire Company in Felton has been awarded $8,388 in grant money strategically directed at local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents. The grant program, offered through DCNR and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $12.5 million since it began in 1982.

The funding is specifically for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Accordingly, grants may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing water supply equipment, wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles.

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