Jeff Williams receives highest Rescue Hose Company honor

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Award recipients at the Jan. 18 Rescue Hose Company annual banquet included, from left, front row: Mike Luger, Kevin Landis, Bill Shatzer, Jeff Williams. Back row: Kevin Barnes, Dennis Kerlin and Dave Delauter. Not pictured, Chad Naggy.

Award presentations highlighted the 37th Annual Rescue Hose Company Banquet Saturday night. The volunteer fire department honored its active members as well as those who passed away in 2013.

Three-year president Cheryl Mowen led the program. She was assisted by Master of Ceremony Ben Thomas Jr., and chaplains Wayne Warren, Harry Myers, Duane Cunningham and Dave Delauter. Bill Brown presented special music.

Mowen reviewed the year, which included 1,811 incidents and 1,700 response hours at the scenes. The company made the “difficult decision” to increase paid staff coverage at the station. The 1741 Hand Pumper was displayed at the Maryland Fire Museum by invitation, since it was believed to be in Baltimore when Fort McHenry was attacked in September 1814, during a battle of the War of 1812.

Mowen asked that the RHC members focus on four Rs in 2014 - Respect, which would guide morals and manners; Responsibility, taken and given as a privilege and honor; Recruitment of new volunteers; and Retention of current members.

Awards

The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Jeff Williams, a 35-year member of RHC. He served in officer positions of 3rd, 2nd, 1st and Chief Engineer, was an apparatus driver, helped on numerous committees, was on the Saturday night duty crew for many years, and was active at RHC events. Mowen said the executive board chose him for his active service years, leadership, dedication, role as a team player, for sharing knowledge, and his public and community relations.

She presented the President’s Award to fire chief Kevin Barnes, for his helpfulness throughout the year.

Other recipients were: Kevin Landis, Junior Membership Award presented by advisor Todd Nesbitt; Chad Naggy, Rookie of the Year; Dave Delauter, EMT of the Year; and Michael Luger, EMS Chief Award, all presented by Emergency Medical Services Chief Dave Lutz.

Bill Shatzer, Driver of the Year, presented by Kevin Barnes; and Dennis Kerlin, Fire Police Award presented by Captain Paul Leister.

Deceased members were remembered at a memorial service. They were: R. William Barnes, Russell H. Clever, Tom K. Fox, Warren E. Miller, Howard L. Roland, Larry Shindle, Richard G. Smith and Richard C. Wingerd.