Firefighters Prepare For Future, Remember Past At Convention

May 22, 1991|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer

LINEBORO — C. Oscar Baker of Mount Airy was elected president of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association for 1991-1992 at the group's 68th annual convention Saturday.

Other officers elected during the business meeting were: Calvin Brothers of Gamber, 1st vice president; William H. Gabeler III of Sykesville, 2nd vice president; Ralph Dull of Manchester, secretary; Glenn Hay of Pleasant Valley, treasurer.

The all-day event began at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon and registration in the Lineboro Fire Hall. Then it was up the hill to Lazarus Church for a memorial service for the CCVFA's deceased members.

TheRev. Tom VandeStadt, pastor of the church, described his feelings when the firehouse siren goes off at any time of day or night.

"It'snot like the bank -- they don't keep special hours," he said. "You never see a 'Sorry, we're closed' sign on the door.

"Your work and dedication creates a very

real sense of assurance for us that helpis always there, just a phone call away."

Following the sermon, outgoing CCVFA President Richard Dell and Ladies Auxiliary President Doris Dickmyer lighted a white candle for each deceased member of their group as the names were read one by one. In all, 47 deceased members were honored.

Back at the fire hall, 65 delegates from the CCVFAmet to hear committee reports, pass resolutions of gratitude to individuals for their work, and elect officers.

The only contested office during the elections was that of secretary. The two candidates were Dull, a past CCVFA secretary for 17 years, and the current secretary, Lynn Gabeler of Sykesville. Dull won the election by paper ballot, 44-21.

The new officers and two delegates from each station thenwere sworn in.

Other business included:

* An announcement thatthe Computer Aided Dispatch System was put into service at 2 p.m. Saturday. CAD's main function is to speed the dispatch of equipment to the scene of an emergency by having computer printouts of all necessary information available at each station when a call comes in.

* Officially placing Manchester's new ambulance in service. The Manchester Fire Department brought the ambulance to the convention for display.

* Presenting Past President's Lapel Pins to Herman B. Hare, 1986-1987; Ralph Dull, 1987-1988; Jerry Harris, 1988-1989; and Charles Barnhart Jr., 1989-1990.

* Accepting the Mount Airy Fire Department's offer to sponsor the 1992 CCVFA convention.

While the men had their business meeting, the Ladies Auxiliary

met at the church for its 49th annual convention.

The 1991-1992 Ladies Auxiliary officers are: Edna Titus of Mount Airy, president; Belle Stickles of Gamber,1st vice president; June Black of Sykesville, 2nd vice president; Brenda Hay of Pleasant Valley, secretary; Ellen Rodgers of Harney, treasurer; Janet Barnes of Winfield, historian; and Dorothy Rue of New Windsor, chaplain.

During a social hour in the fire hall for both groups, Maryland VFA President Thomas Mattingly showed a 15-minute slide presentation the organization prepared as a public relations and recruitment tool.

"One of the things we've tried to do in the past year is stress the importance of the volunteer firefighters in the state," he said.

Following a pit beef dinner outside under a yellow and white striped tent, several awards were presented.

John Krebs, chief of the Lineboro Fire Department, was honored with the Arthur Lowman Award from the Mount Airy station for the best all-around fire prevention program in the past year.

Since 1980, three fire department members with 20 or more years of service have been inducted into the CCVFA's Hall of Fame.

The 1992 inductees are Jack E. Gray of Union Bridge; Leroy S. "Happy" Keeney of Sykesville, now deceased; andCalvin Brothers of Gamber.

Festivities continued into the night with a dance.

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