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Flea Market Vendors Sought March 14, 2019

Cub Scout Pack 37 from Landisville and the Hempfield Fire Department will host the annual Memorial Day Flea Market on Monday, May 27, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hempfield Fire Department, 19 Main St., Salunga. Crafters, artists, and vendors are invited to participate.

The flea market often features fresh flowers, antiques and collectibles, clothing, children's items, and activities such as face painting. The Cub Scouts staff a concession stand, and independent local food vendors are present.

The event is open to the public. All proceeds directly benefit Pack 37 and Hempfield Fire Department.

To reserve spaces, visit www.pack37.com. More information is available by contacting James Odenwalt at 717-341-0022 or odieo67@yahoo.com.

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Auxiliary To Hold Yard Sale March 6, 2019

The Auxiliary of Citizens Volunteer Fire Company will hold a yard sale, as well as a soup and sandwich sale, on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will take place at the fire house, 171 S. Market St., Fawn Grove.

Yard sale spaces are available for rent. For yard sale spaces, call Jane at 717-382-4073.

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Fire Company To Serve Turkey Dinner February 27, 2019

On Sunday, March 10, the Lisburn Community Fire Company, 1800 Main St., Lisburn, will host a turkey dinner, a fundraiser that will help enable the company to continue serving the residents of Lisburn as well as Lower Allen, Upper Allen, Monaghan and Fairview townships.

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and in addition to turkey, there will be mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, beverages and homemade desserts. A cost has been set for adults, with a discount for children ages 4 to 10.

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Fire Company Sets Breakfast February 27, 2019

Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, Station 18, 1 S. Main St., Jacobus, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, March 10, from 8 to 11 a.m. The breakfast will include bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy, toast, biscuits, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice/beverage and chocolate milk.

An admission cost has been set for adults, with a discount for those ages 2 to 12. Children under 2 will be admitted free. Proceeds will help support the fire company.

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FIRST RESPONDER SPOTLIGHT February 22, 2019

William H. Radford, volunteer fire police captain, Glen Moore Fire Company.

Cpt. William "Bill" Radford, 73, of Glenmoore, a member of Glen Moore Fire Company Station 48, has been volunteering as a fire police officer since 2016. Radford, a resident of Glenmoore since 1977, started his volunteer career in 2016 after retiring from a 30-plus-year career in the semiconductor industry.

Cpt. Radford is a 1963 graduate of Upper Darby High School, attended Temple University and West Chester University, and served in the United States Marine Corps as a machine gunner from 1966 to 1973. He rose to the rank of sergeant in a weapons platoon. Radford has been married to Bonnie Powell-Mendenhall Radford since 1967.

Radford's son has been volunteering as a firefighter and rescue diver for close to 20 years. When Radford retired, his son suggested he volunteer in his local fire department as a way to share his life experiences and knowledge of the local area.

After joining the Glen Moore Fire Company in 2016, Radford completed Fire Police I and II training through the Chester County Public Safety Training Center, a premier first responder training facility in Chester County. Radford also holds training certifications in Emergency Vehicle Operations, Hazardous Materials, CPR, and many other areas. Radford was promoted to fire police captain in 2018 and serves at the direction of the Glen Moore Fire Chief Jeff Seese. Radford oversees all fire police officers and all fire police operations in the primary response district of the Glen Moore Fire Company.

"Members of our community like Bill Radford have a tremendous amount to contribute," said Seese. "Capt. Radford and our fire police officers are an integral component of keeping our volunteers and our citizens safe at emergency scenes. Without them, our personnel would be performing the job at an increased risk. They are an integral part as it pertains to the safety of our operation."

Fire police officers are sworn in as special fire police in the municipalities served by the Glen Moore Fire Company. Once sworn in, they have limited police powers to perform their duties in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The majority of what they do is controlling traffic and access during emergencies and special events. These officers are not paid and are contributing their time, often in freezing temperatures and precipitation for hours, to ensure that firefighters, emergency personnel, and the public are safe.

Those interested in volunteering in their community may visit www.helpfightfire.com, which is Chester County's volunteer recruiting webpage. Those who visit the website can learn about volunteer opportunities in their local communities.

First Responder Spotlight will be a regular feature in the Community Courier. Local fire companies and other first responder units that wish to submit a photo and biography of one of their members can email ffulton@engleonline.com.

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Fire Company Announces 2019 Fundraisers February 21, 2019

For sale: one red firetruck in good condition. Ready to go immediately.

For the past year, the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company (CVFC), 3290 Main St., Conestoga, has been trying to sell its 1990 E-One engine. Several fire companies from out of state have been interested, but so far, no one has opened their checkbooks to cover the $19,900 asking price.

"It's a good, solid truck," commented Missi Frankford, who is an active supporter of the fire company.

"We used it until we got the new one," agreed fire company president Troy Bresch. "When we got this one (new in 1990), we thought we were in heaven. Now, 30 years later, we got (another) one, and now we're thinking we're in heaven again." He explained that for rural fire companies that are still using engines from the 1960s and '70s, the 28-year-old E-One will be a dream come true.

The newest occupant of the CVFC's engine bay is just over a year old. It is a 2018 model manufactured by 4 Guys Fire Trucks. It was built to the CVFC's specifications, which included a rescue body so it can carry more tools and other supplies.

"It's our first-out piece," Bresch said. "It was at the (Enola Low Grade Trail) trestle bridge fire."

Considering new engines start at about $600,000, the members of the CVFC are pleased that only $85,000 is left to pay on the purchase. Community donations and fundraisers will help to continue to reduce the debt, along with funding the general operations of the fire company.

"We'd like people to support the fire department fundraisers. It would be nice if everyone donated, because then we wouldn't have to run fundraisers," Bresch remarked. "But when people come out to the dance, they have a good time while supporting the fire company."

Bresch was referring to the CVFC's annual spring dance, which will be held this year on Saturday, March 9, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Millersville VFW, 219 Walnut Hill Road, Millersville. The evening will include dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and opportunities to enter to win cash and other prizes.

"We will have a different DJ this year but the same amount of fun ... and hopefully more," Frankford wrote in a post on https://conestogavfc.com. "If anyone wants to donate something (for the silent auction), we'll pick it up."

If folks do not like pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, baked corn, and coleslaw, which will be served at the dance, they can mark their calendars now for the annual turkey supper on Saturday, April 6, and the annual ham supper on Saturday, Oct. 19. Additional fundraising events will include a gun giveaway drawing on Saturday, June 1; a festival on Saturday, June 29; and a car show on Saturday, Sept. 28. Conestoga Township residents can also keep an eye out for fund drive letters, which will be mailed soon.

And, of course, someone can buy that firetruck.

For more information about CVFC fundraising efforts, as well as to purchase tickets for the dance, readers may contact Frankford via Facebook Messenger or by calling 717-629-1990.

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Dance And Other Events To Support Fire Company February 21, 2019

Amidst all the time spent training for and responding to structure fires, brush fires, and automobile accidents, the members of the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company (CVFC) also find time to host fundraising events. As a volunteer organization, the CVFC is dependent upon donations and proceeds from fundraisers to operate. Six events have been planned for 2018.

The fire company's 11th annual spring dance will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Millersville VFW, 219 Walnut Hill Road, Millersville. Admission will be restricted to guests age 21 and older. Disc jockey Chuck Colson will provide music for dancing. There will also be a buffet of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and baked corn. Event coordinator Missi Frankford noted that last year, the donor of the meat provided brisket and other meats in addition to the pork. This year's proteins will be up to the donor again. Some beverages will be included in the ticket cost, and others will be available for purchase.

There will be numerous prize drawings during the dance. Prizes will include gift certificates to local attractions, gift baskets, and more. If any tickets are available for a prize drawing for a gun that is planned for Saturday, May 19, they may be purchased at the dance.

"It's a big celebration," Frankford commented. "We usually have lots of fun."

Only 275 tickets will be sold for the dance. Readers may call Frankford at 717-629-1990 to purchase tickets. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the dance.

In addition to the spring dance and the gun prize drawing, the CVFC has planned a turkey supper for Saturday, April 28, and a festival on Saturday, June 9. The Conestoga Car Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, and a ham supper will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20. This year, in addition to the proceeds helping to cover the fire company's operating costs, the funds will help to pay off a state loan of $200,000 that helped the CVFC to buy a new engine.

The 2018 engine was picked up from the manufacturer on Feb. 2, and it was put into service on Feb. 18. The new engine replaces the 1990 pumper as the apparatus that responds first to calls for assistance. The result of three years of planning and customized for the CVFC with a rescue-style body, the engine is equipped with several kinds of electrical saws, metal-cutting tools, brooms, axes, powerful fans, miles of hoses, a 27-foot light tower, and more. Fire company president Troy Bresch noted that the lights on the tower are LED, making it better at illuminating accident scenes than the other lights in the fleet.

Anyone interested in seeing the new engine or learning about the CVFC is welcome to stop by the station, 3290 Main St., Conestoga, on Mondays at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome. In-house training is provided at least twice a month, and opportunities for off-site training are also available.

"(You can be involved) as much as you want to put in it," Bresch said, adding that there is no cost to become an active member. The CVFC supplies all gear and covers the cost of training. "The only thing you have to pay for is the gas to get here," Bresch quipped.

Social media users may follow the Conestoga Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook for updates.

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Cornhole Tournament Will Benefit Fire Company February 13, 2019

Sanctuary - A Vineyard Church tries to do "church" a bit differently than many other congregations. Worship services are held in the former Manor Music Mansion, which is now owned by Millersville Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church, 3116 Blue Rock Road, Millersville, on Saturdays at 6 p.m. The group strives to impact the community without any hidden agenda.

"We're trying to get our folks in the mode of serving, without a return," explained lead pastor Rip Wahlberg. "We want to be a blessing to the community, but not make it about us. Our cornhole tournaments are not a marketing event or an evangelistic (campaign)."

Rather, the cornhole tournaments hosted by Sanctuary have been held strictly as fundraising efforts for area fire companies. The next tournament will be held on Friday, March 1, and will benefit West Willow Fire Company. There will be a small cost to play, and a variety of foods and beverages will be available for purchase. Spectators may watch at no cost. The event will be held in the Millersville BIC building. Registration will open at 6:30 p.m., and the first games will start at 7 p.m.

The tournaments were suggested and coordinated by church leader Dave Stoltzfus, along with his wife, Darice, a few years ago. Dave is a cornhole fanatic and has made friends at area events.

"Cornhole (is a) subculture," Wahlberg remarked. "It's a big deal."

While cornhole can be cutthroat, the Sanctuary events are more casual. Through a blind draw, contestants are randomly assigned to two-person teams, regardless of age or gender, to level the playing field. The last Sanctuary cornhole event featured 30 teams, for a total of 60 contestants. The tournaments are double-elimination, with a computer-tracked bracket to ensure accuracy. Teams are guaranteed to play at least two games. Cash prizes are awarded to the top two teams, and gift cards are sometimes also part of the prize packages.

"The point is not to win this thing," Wahlberg said. "We are trying to be a part of the community and help other places serve their communities. We want to be here for others' sakes, not for ours."

In addition to the cornhole games, silent auctions featuring cornhole boards handmade by Dave are held during the fundraising events, with the proceeds going to the evening's designated fire company.

"Dave makes boards like nobody's business," Wahlberg commented. "The quality and designs are unsurpassed."

Past cornhole events hosted by Sanctuary have netted $1,200 and $1,400 for the fire companies.

"At the end of the night, when we gave them the cash, they were shocked and grateful," Wahlberg said. "One fire company said what we raised would cover a monthly payment on a fire engine."

Sanctuary was founded in 2003 as Lancaster Vineyard Church. It changed its name to Sanctuary in August 2017. Wahlberg has served as lead pastor since 2009.

"Our desire is to be a discipleship community, not a social club," Wahlberg said. "We want to be a place of safety, peace, and healing, but most importantly, the place of God. We want to engage the presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst. We want to connect with God through an emotional and experiential meeting with the result of restoration."

Wahlberg described his preaching style as topical, but based on the authority of Scripture. "My sermons will always have an anchor passage," he said.

Everyone is welcome to attend worship services at Sanctuary. Children's programming will be available during the service for youngsters through sixth grade. An area has been reserved for nursing parents.

For more information about Sanctuary or the cornhole tournament, readers may visit www.sanctuarychurchlancaster.com or contact Wahlberg at 717-278-4783 or rip@sanctuarychurchlancaster.com.

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Fire Company To Hold Breakfast February 12, 2019

Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Robeson Township, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, March 3, from 7 to 11 a.m.

Proceeds will support the fire company. For additional details, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit www.geigertownfireco.com. Individuals may also find the fire company on Facebook.

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Fire Company To Host Bingo February 7, 2019

Lisburn Community Fire Company, 1800 Main St., will host bingo on Sunday, Feb. 17. There will be regular and special games of bingo and a final jackpot. The doors and kitchen will open at noon, early bird bingo will start at 1:30 p.m., and regular bingo will start at 2 p.m.

A ticket price has been set for before the event, with a higher price at the door. Additional cards will be available for purchase. All proceeds will support the fire company. For more information or tickets, readers may visit www.lisburnfire.org or the fire company's Facebook page or call Darla at 717-938-9428 or the fire company at 717-766-3994.

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Strasburg Fire Company Sets 45th Spring Sale February 6, 2019

The Strasburg Fire Company extended its annual spring donation and consignment sale to two days last year, and sale committee members were so pleased with the results that they will keep the two-day format again this year. The 45th annual sale will be held at the fire station, 203 Franklin St., Strasburg, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and continuing on Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 8 a.m.

"Friday evening's sale was very successful," reported committee chair Ivan Fisher, referencing the 2018 event. "There were lots of people, and it made Saturday more enjoyable." The auction on Friday ran until 8 p.m. last year, and Ivan expects it to run later this year. Crafts and small quilt items will comprise many of the auction lots.

This year, the food offerings on Friday evening have been expanded, with grilled sausage sandwiches, fried shrimp, and french fries added to the menu, which also includes chicken corn soup made by fire company members and volunteers. Soup takeouts will be available on Feb. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., as well as all day on Feb. 23.

"We're trying to make (Friday) a family night out. Sit down with your kids and enjoy your evening," Ivan invited. He noted that tables will be set up in the station's dining hall, and a few high chairs will be available for little children.

The success of Friday's sale last year enabled more items to be moved on Saturday, Ivan remarked. The weather did not appear to dampen spirits too much.

"We had a good day (on Saturday) despite the rain," said committee member Jonathan Peachey.

Ivan explained that on wet days like last year, there are more tents to protect items and attendees and much less hay and straw for sale. This will be the first year that horses are not on the sale bill, he added. "Mostly fire companies don't sell horses anymore," Peachey remarked.

The spring sale - the fire company discontinued its fall sale several years ago - is the organization's largest fundraiser. "We are looking to replace an engine in 2021, so it's important to have another good sale," Ivan said. Sale committee member Mike Lockard shared that the apparatus scheduled to be retired is a 1982 Seagrave pumper.

In hopes of having another profitable sale, the committee has arranged for thousands of items to cross the auction blocks. Hundreds of quilts, crafts, new and used tools, antiques, groceries, new and used furniture, outdoor furniture, sporting goods, collectibles, shrubbery, feed and bedding, farm machinery, sheds, building materials, carriages, gift certificates, and lawn and garden supplies are slated for sale on Feb. 23. The fire company kitchen will sell a variety of food and beverages, and there will be several food vendors as well. A local Amish-run ice cream shop will be among the vendors for the first time this year. "They support the fire company, so it gives us a chance to support them as well," Ivan said.

Ivan expressed his gratitude for the generosity of area businesses, many of whom have donated gift certificates or other items for the sale. He added a special thanks for the members of the sale committee, including his co-chairs, Isaac E. Fisher and Amos Fisher. The vast majority of the committee is Amish.

"The Amish community feels it's a good way to give back to the fire company for all the services it provides," Ivan said. "But it's not just Amish that makes the sale successful; it's the whole community."

Donations for the sale will be received at the fire station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 and 21, and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. For more information about donating or the sale in general, readers may call the station at 717-687-7232 or Isaac at 717-687-6223.

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Fire Department Sets Fundraiser January 30, 2019

Weaverland Valley Fire Department (Goodville station), 1606 Main St., East Earl, will host a barbecue chicken fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. until the food is sold out.

For more information, call 717-419-2960.

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Fire Company Slates Events January 30, 2019

Union Fire and Hose Company No. 1, 30 E. Canal St., Dover, has posted its upcoming events.

The fire company will hold a meat drawing on Friday, Feb. 8. Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the meat drawings will start at 7 p.m. Prizes will be from a Wellsville business. Other games will also be available. Another meat drawing will be held on Friday, March 8.

The service project for February is to collect nonperishable food items and cleaning supplies for New Hope Ministries. Readers with questions may contact Elaine at 717-292-1392 or Cathy at 717-873-0385.

The fire company will host a public supper on Saturday, Feb. 23. Boiled beef potpie and baked turkey pie will be available at 3:30 p.m. Meals will be available for carryout or for eating on-site in the dining room. The next public supper will take place on Saturday, March 23.

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Fire Company Sale To Expand To Two Days January 29, 2019

For the first time in the 44-year history of the Strasburg Fire Company's spring donation and consignment sale, the event will take place over two days. The main event will be held at the fire company, 203 Franklin St., Strasburg, on Saturday, Feb. 24, beginning at 8 a.m. with the sale of quilts. Simultaneous auctions will run throughout the day, offering crafts, small goods, new and used tools, antiques, groceries, indoor and outdoor lawn furniture, shrubbery, hay and straw, farm machinery, sheds, building materials, carriages, gift certificates, horses and mules, lawn and garden supplies, collectibles, and hunting and fishing equipment.

Crafts and quilt-related items, such as potholders, wall-hangings, crib quilts, and quillows, will be sold inside the fire station from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. A vendor will sell burgers, sausage sandwiches, fries, and beverages.

"We always had a big and busy day on Saturday," explained sale co-chair Ivan Fisher. "We thought, a lot of people are here on Friday night previewing the items, so why not sell some items? It won't go so late on Saturday, and the pace won't be so rushed."

Fisher noted that he has received a lot of positive feedback about the addition of a Friday sale.

"We're excited about the Friday evening thing," he added. "That'll be interesting.

Chicken corn soup, which the fire company members make from scratch with chicken, corn, and alphabet pasta, will be available for takeout on Feb. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. Soup takeouts will also be available all day on Feb. 24. Folks who bring their own containers will receive a discount.

The proceeds from the donation and consignment sale, along with the hot and cold foods the fire company will sell on Feb. 24, make up 30 percent of the organization's annual budget.

"This is our biggest fundraiser," Fisher said. "We as a (sale) committee want to thank the local community for supporting the sale."

The spring sale is the only auction that the Strasburg Fire Company will host this year. Until last year, the fire company held both spring and fall sales. The latter had never been as profitable as the spring sale, so in 2016, the organization held two chicken barbecues instead of the fall sale, and fire company representatives were pleased with the results.

Successful fundraisers are necessary for the fire company's continued operation. The group is also planning ahead for a significant expenditure.

"We're in the early stages of replacing our 1982 Seagrave engine," Fisher said. "We are hoping to have a new engine in service by 2021."

The new engine, fully equipped, will cost close to $700,000, estimated sale co-chair Ike Fisher, who is unrelated to Ivan. The fire company has conducted one extra fund drive so far to raise funds for the purchase. Donations are welcome.

To learn more about the Strasburg Fire Company's 44th annual spring donation and consignment sale or to contribute items for the event, readers may call Ike at 717-687-6223.

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FIREFIGHTER SPOTLIGHT January 23, 2019

Cassidy Scheibe

Cassidy Scheibe is a 19-year-old volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) and firefighter with the Glen Moore Fire Company, Glenmoore, Chester County Station 48.

Cassidy is a graduate of the Downingtown STEM Academy, which is Downingtown Area School District's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) high school, where she also earned an international baccalaureate degree.

While attending high school, Cassidy joined the United States Army at age 17 and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., during the summer between her junior and senior years of high school. Upon graduation from high school, she traveled to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for Advanced Individual Training (AIT) with the Army and completed the demanding 16-week Army Combat Medic course. While at Fort Sam Houston, Cassidy completed her certification as a Nationally Registered EMT (NREMT).

Cassidy joined the Glen Moore Fire Company at age 17 and has served as a volunteer EMT, exterior and interior firefighter and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) coordinator. She is fire company's new EMS captain for 2019.

In 2018, she completed the rigorous Basic Fire Academy (Fire I) training at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus. During the basic fire academy program, Cassidy also received certifications in Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations, Exterior Firefighter, Support Firefighter and Interior Firefighter. In addition, she has certificates in International Trauma Life Support and International Pediatric Life Support and CPR.

Cassidy is a certified Emergency Vehicle Operator and, along with the substantial number of Glen Moore Fire Company EMTs, responds with the company's Quick Response Service (QRS) vehicle for all medical emergencies in Glen Moore's coverage area. The QRS truck is vital in getting emergency medical care to patients in areas like Glenmoore where an ambulance may be too far away for a quick response to a medical emergency.

Cassidy is currently attending college locally while fulfilling her duties as an Army Combat Medic. She works for several local EMS services and continues to volunteer at the Glen Moore Fire Company. Her goal is to become a civilian paramedic.

"Volunteers like Cassidy Scheibe are making a difference in the communities that the Glen Moore Fire Company serves and are vital to keeping our communities safe," said Jeffrey Seese, fire chief. "Without their middle-of-the-night responses and hundreds of hours of dedicated volunteer service, our community would not have the high level of public safety it now enjoys."

Those interested in volunteering in their community may visit www.helpfightfire.com, which is Chester County's volunteer recruiting web page. Those who visit the website can learn about volunteer opportunities in their local communities.

Firefighter Spotlight will be a regular feature in the Community Courier. Local fire companies that wish to submit a photo and biography of one of their members can email ffulton@engleonline.com.

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Fire Company Sets Breakfast January 21, 2019

Geigertown Fire Company, 3433 Hay Creek Road, Robeson Township, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 11 a.m.

Proceeds will support the fire company. For additional details, readers may call 610-286-6481 or visit www.geigertownfireco.com. Individuals may also find the fire company on Facebook.

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Fire Company Posts Fundraiser January 16, 2019

West Willow Fire Company, 192 West Willow Road, West Willow, will hold a chicken corn soup sale, sub sale, and bake sale on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. until the food is sold out. Takeouts only will be available.

Soup will be sold by the quart. Individuals should bring their own containers, and the containers should not be glass.

The event will benefit the fire company.

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Beiler Receives Promotion January 16, 2019

Rachelle Beiler, a 22-year-old homeschool graduate from Narvon and a resident volunteer firefighter and EMT with Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District in Sisters, Ore., was recently promoted to resident volunteer lieutenant.

Beiler received her EMT training from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Lancaster in February 2015. She was employed with Lancaster EMS from December 2015 to May 2016. To further her education, she began fire science and paramedicine courses at Central Oregon Community College in June 2016. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has the following certifications: EMT, Firefighter 1 and 2, Apparatus Driver, and Hazardous Materials Operations. She has also taken six national incident management courses.

She has served with the fire district in Oregon for nearly two years. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing supervisory support of resident volunteer firefighters and EMTs in the fire district's resident volunteer college program. Through the program, college scholarships and housing are offered to students taking fire science or paramedic courses at Central Oregon Community College. Beiler will complete her four-year scholarship program in June 2020.

Upon completing the program, Beiler will receive certification as an Oregon and National Registry Paramedic and will also obtain a Bachelor of Science in fire service administration.

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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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