Happy Valentine's Day

February 13, 2012|Susie Hoffman | Around Funkstown

The day doesn’t have to be about chocolates and roses, although retailers would disagree. 

Today is about stopping in time and appreciating your heart’s beat. Say it and mean it. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for making my life know that warm embrace. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for knowing me, and in spite of that, loving me.   

If you want to accompany that “thank you” with a dinner out, flowers, a card (I am a fan of the homemade ones) and some small token, then who am I to disagree?

 Let’s get back to Funkstown and what’s happening. That being said, please feel free to send me your news and happenings. With fewer than 1,000 residents, sometimes finding news to share is a challenge. I want to be able to fill this column each week and am asking for your help. To submit news, call 301-790-2413 or send an email to

Fire company honors its volunteers

Last week, Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. held its annual awards banquet at Next Dimensions restaurant, just outside Funkstown, and several local heroes were recognized for their efforts.  

Nick Keller was awarded the honor of firefighter of the year. Keller has volunteered with the company as a firefighter for three years and as an emergency medical technician for two years. The membership voted Keller for this honor for all of his service, including two years on the board of directors, help with fundraisers, number of calls to which he responded, extensive training, and involvement in and around the station.
Others recognized were:
Top firefighter responder, Dale Hill, with 365 calls; top emergency medical responder, Roger Horst, with 88; top paid staff responder, Rob Horning, with 310; top officer responder, Chief David Fraley, with a 441.  

The station responded to 1,275 calls for the year.  

D.J. Fraley took the honor of rookie and training winner of the year.

The cadet of the year was Willie Vazquez. 

Dale Hill and Joan Kotanko took the chief’s award.

Three members were recognized for 25 years of service, including Jimmy Kershner, Kevin Kotanko and Tim Shafer.

A special “thank you” went to Ed Clopper for more than 50 years of service to the town and the fire company.
His wife, Jean, deserves a note of thanks, as well, for giving up her husband so he could make the town better and safer.


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