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First Hose Co. recognizes firefighters for jobs well done

January 27, 2008|By By MARIE GILBERT

BOONSBORO -- They do their job every day, sometimes putting their lives on the line.

Often, their selflessness and courage go unnoticed.

But that wasn't the case Saturday night, when firefighters with the First Hose Co. of Boonsboro (Companies 6 and 8) were recognized by their peers.

About 40 active volunteers were saluted at an appreciation and awards banquet at the Cochran Auction Theatre on Mapleville Road.

"Tonight is about honoring all the people who make this organization a success," said Oley Griffith, fire chief of First Hose. "From the volunteers at the administrative level to our volunteer firefighters, without these individuals we couldn't function."

Griffith said this is the fire company's 179th year of continuous service to the residents of Boonsboro.

"Each year, we continue to set goals to better serve the community," he said. "Our biggest concern is the growth of our area. Last year, we answered 569 emergency calls -- a 10 percent increase from the previous year. It's an ongoing process meeting the challenges that face us."

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About 175 people attended the event, including town residents, "who continue to help and support the fire company," Griffith said.

"It's a good opportunity for the public to find out what we're all about and what help we need in serving the community," he said.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the fire company's annual awards. The winners were:

  • Firefighter of the Year -- Steve Jacobs

  • Fire Line Officer of the Year -- Vern Wachtner

  • EMS Award -- Harry Wood

  • Chief Award -- Keith Abrecht

  • President's Award -- James Williams

  • Administrative Officer -- Cindy Murphy

  • Rookies of the Year -- Kayla Drake of Company 6 and Nicole Leuters of Company 8

  • Top responders -- Danny Bussard of Company 6 and Harry Wood of Company 8

  • Most dedicated members -- Pat Warner of Company 6 and Stephen Specht of Company 8

    "This evening is a chance to say thank you to those who give of themselves, on a volunteer basis, to serve our community," Griffith said.

    "This is also one time a year when everyone can come together to just enjoy themselves," he said. "It's one night to forget the stress of the job and just unwind."

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