County firefighters win honors at state meeting

July 14, 2002

Carroll County firefighters and ladies auxiliary members won several awards at the 110th annual Maryland State Firemen's Association convention last month in Ocean City.

Award winners included:

John Means Sr. of the Pleasant Valley Community Volunteer Fire Company, who won the Marbery F. Gates Service Cup for more than 50 years of service to his company and county and state associations.

C. Oscar Baker of Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company, who was given the Gladhil-Thompson Trophy for outstanding contributions to the future welfare of the MSFA.

Doug Alexander and Dale Lowman, both of Mount Airy, who were inducted into the MSFA Hall of Fame for their service to the state organization.

Katie Ritter, Mount Airy fire prevention queen, who was named MSFA's fire prevention queen.

Bridget Weishaan from Gamber and Community Volunteer Fire Company, who won the Jane Todd Award for fire-prevention activities.

Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company auxiliary, which won the second-place award for the Fire Safety Message Calendar; and Belle Stickles, from the Gamber auxiliary, who took third place.

Carroll County Ladies Auxiliary, which received a 100 Percent Participation Award in fire-prevention activities.

The Carroll County fire-prevention book won first place and received a plaque and two certificates.

Debbie Gartrell-Kemp, chairwoman of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association Fire Prevention and Life Safety Committee, put together a book about the juvenile fire-setter's workshop that the committee sponsored. The book won in the county single project category.

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