City firefighters honored at banquet

February 20, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART


On May 14, when Capt. Tony Lida and Lt. Scott Reese responded to a fire at 16 E. North Ave., they arrived to find fire coming from the upper two floors of that building.

Entering the burning structure, they discovered a woman in a second-floor bathroom suffering from burns and other injuries. The two volunteers removed the woman from the burning home and she was rushed to Washington County Hospital.

She later was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, where she died 15 hours later with burns over 85 percent of her body.


"We thought there was another person in the building, but thankfully that turned out not to be the case," said Lida after he and Reese were recognized Saturday as the outstanding volunteer firefighters of 2004 at the Hagerstown Fire Department's 23rd annual awards banquet.

Also honored Saturday were:

  • James L. Sprecher Jr. and members of the "B" and "C" shifts for repairing the fire department's burn building.

  • J. Todd Grimes, Richard P. Gilbert, Timothy R. Shafer, Joseph L. Royce, Joey L. Chojnacki and Battalion Chief W. Kyd Dieterich for planning and mounting equipment on the city's three new engines.

  • Assistant fire marshals Douglas P. DeHaven and Richard L. Miller for efforts in enforcement and investigation that resulted in a positive impact on the community.

  • Capt. Russell A. Grim, John A. Latimer IV, Glenn Fuscsick and Cindy Lewis for efforts to secure a $313,786 FEMA grant.

  • William R. Ball III for securing and placing emergency medical service equipment on all city firefighting apparatus.

  • Capt. Justin T. Mayhue for researching and documenting the heritage and people of the Hagerstown Fire Department.

  • The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway and the Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. for outstanding support in the past year.

  • Washington County Air Unit Chief Donald Koons for many years of cooperation and support to the department.

  • Richard F. Jordan Jr. for setting an example of dedication and devotion.

  • James F. Sprecher Jr. as the volunteer firefighter who responded to the most incidents (333) in 2004.

  • Travis J. Barkdoll, Brandon L. Higgins, Tony L. Lida, Scott E. Reese, Robert L. McGhee, Terry J. Barnes, Edward L. Bryan, Frank L. Shupp and Christopher M. Fortin were the next nine top volunteer responders.
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