Group honors firefighters

November 24, 2000

Group honors firefighters


Six Sharpsburg firefighters were recently honored by Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association for their efforts to fight a two-alarm blaze in May.

During the association's annual award ceremony Nov. 16, Sharpsburg firefighters received praise and a plaque for being first on the scene of the house fire, searching for residents and getting the fire under control until backup fire companies arrived.

The "Honor Deed Firefighter of the Year" award was given to fire fighters, Dave Myers, Tim Gargana, Steve Williams, Roger Otzelberger Jr., Matt Stevens and Matthew Ryan.

Myers, who is an assistant fire chief, said he was proud of their efforts that day.

"It's a great feeling to know and see how the younger guys are progressing. They're learning from their training," said Myers referring to firefighters Matthew Ryan, 21 and Roger Otzelberger, 19.


The award winners were selected from nominations by a committee comprised of members of the association, said Robert Cumberland, association administrative planner.

Cumberland said the award winners represent the best Washington County has to offer.

The association presented Deputy Fire Chief Justin Mayhue of Long Meadow Vol. Fire Co. with the Outstanding Firefighter of the Year award.

Nominated by Bryan L. Stallings, company vice president, Mayhue was honored for his dedication and years of service.

"It was honor to receive the award in the presence of so many of my mentors," said Mayhue of firefighters Charlie Shindle, Richard Baer and others.

"I don't have any blood brothers or sisters in my family but I have lot of brothers and sisters in the fire service," said Mayhue.

Mayhue joined the Long Meadow Vol. Fire Co. in 1977 and has held every operations office within the company since then, Stallings said in his nomination.

He presently is training officer and fire prevention officer for Long Meadow and serves on several committees.

Mayhue is employed as a career firefighter for the City of Hagerstown Fire Department, a part-time dispatcher for Washington County Emergency Services and an instructor at Children's Village.

The association presented other awards to: John Spessard of Williamsport Vol. Fire Co. and J. Russell "Jake" Troupe of Clear Spring Vol. Fire Co., for the Joseph Kroboth Jr. Memorial Fire Police of the Year award; Samuel Murray of Long Meadow Vol. Fire Co. for Outstanding Volunteer Administrator; Drew Phillip DeHaven of Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway for Dedication to Fire Prevention/Public Education.

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