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Firefighters get award for efforts during Boonsboro blaze

April 23, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

ANNAPOLIS - The First Hose Co. of Boonsboro was honored Tuesday with a Governor's Volunteer Service Award in recognition of firefighters' efforts during the blaze that damaged several buildings in downtown Boonsboro in February.

Company Chief Oley Griffith accepted the award from Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at a ceremony in Annapolis Tuesday afternoon.

"I think it means a lot to the volunteer fire service itself in Washington County, and especially for the Boonsboro volunteers," Griffith said by phone after the ceremony. "It's the volunteers that make Washington County so strong."

The company was one of nine organizations to receive the award in the "special recognition groups" category, which primarily honors volunteers who risk their personal safety to help others, said Governor's Office spokesman Tony White.

The Governor's Volunteer Service Award is presented to nominees who show meaningful commitment of effort and time, and make a positive influence that addresses a problem or enhances the quality of life in Maryland, White said. A total of 51 awards were presented Tuesday.

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Griffith said he thought Boonsboro's mayor and council nominated the company. He said the other fire companies that responded to the downtown fire in February deserved recognition, as well.

"That day, it could have been a bad day, but all the local fire departments did a good job," Griffith said.

The company will display the award, a pewter plate depicting the state Capitol, in the social hall, he said.

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