Odenton fire company celebrates 65th anniversary


April 09, 1996|By Vicki Wellford | Vicki Wellford,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE ODENTON Volunteer Fire Company celebrated its 65th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of the Ladies Auxiliary Saturday night with a dinner and dance.

In a very special moment, the firefighters and officers honored the memory and the achievements of one of its original members, Murray D. O'Malley, who died Dec. 24.

In 1931, Mr. O'Malley was elected treasurer on the first slate of officers and went on to support the fire department in many ways.

At the time of his death, the family asked the community to remember him with a donation to the volunteer company.

The donations paid for an Automated External Defibrillator, a portable unit that will enable firefighters to help someone in cardiac arrest until paramedics arrive. Also at the 27th annual dinner dance, the company introduced its administrative officers for 1996: Craig B. Harman, president; Wylie L. Donaldson Jr., vice president; Jeffrey S. Wade Sr., recording secretary; Charles F. Olson, corresponding secretary; Michael J. Dooley, membership secretary; William P. Rose Sr., financial secretary; and Louis A. D'Camera, treasurer.

The directors are: John E. Rose Jr. and Harry C. Wagner Jr.

The 1996 Line Officers are: Chief Charles D. Rogers; Capt. Ramon E. Hodgson, Capt. David W. Lewis and Capt. Michael J. Willie; Lt. Donald R. Evick, Lt. Michael J. Dooley, Lt. Robert Ross Jr. and Lt. Michael A. Wade; and EMS Coordinator Jonathan E. Kakuk. The Ladies Auxiliary introduced its officers for 1996: Ruth Lyon, president; Marcia Wagner, vice president; Betty Slayton, secretary; Gloria Lewis, treasurer; Margaret Tallman, chaplain; Doris Cowan, vice chaplain; and Jennifer Dooley and Sharon Talbert, color bearers.

Outstanding achievements by volunteer personnel also were announced. The top three in instructional training hours were Captain Hodgson, Mr. D'Camera and Chief Rogers. The top three in practical training hours were Captain Willie, Greg Reed and Mr. Harman. William P. Rose Sr. logged the most university training hours.

The top three volunteers in EMS responses were Andrew D. Kim, Joshua L. Constuble and Jonathan A. Newman.

In 1995, the company responded to 3,521 calls -- 1,877 EMS responses and 1,644 fire responses.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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