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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.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,sun reporter | September 17, 2006
Calling two fatal house fires in which three men died over the summer "totally unacceptable," Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Association leaders are planning to launch a countywide campaign to make sure as many homes as possible have working smoke alarms. Visits by firefighters to homes in the neighborhoods where the men died -- Eldersburg in July and Winfield last month -- yielded frightening statistics: Of the homes with smoke alarms, half of them didn't work because of age or a dead battery.
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January 20, 2003
Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company has announced its officers and board of directors for this year. Administrative officers are: Joseph Spangler Sr., president; Brian Dayton, first vice president; Mark Winebrunner, second vice president; Jeff King, treasurer; Mark Punt, corresponding secretary; Randy Panos, sergeant-at-arms; Hilbert Bitzel, chaplain; Louis Kirby, historian. Trustees are Richard Stone, Rick Schinzel, Howard Link, Tom Brothers and Frank Baker. Fire/rescue officers are Don Love, fire chief, and Sam Mann, Emergency Medical Services captain.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2005
The rescue/pumper and tanker trucks barely fit into the 10-by-12-foot bays at the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department. The two large vehicles, purchased just a few years ago, prompted Winfield fire officials to consider expanding the firehouse. "When other companies with larger trucks fill in for us, they have to leave their trucks outside and leave them running in the winter so they don't freeze up," said Winfield Fire Chief Greg Dods. A committee was formed two years ago to plan for the expansion of the 40-year-old firehouse.
NEWS
July 8, 1996
A fire Friday afternoon extensively damaged a rancher in the 7500 block of Woodbine Road. No injuries were reported.The fire was reported shortly before 3 p.m. and units from Winfield, Mount Airy and Lisbon of Howard County responded.The fire, which apparently began in an attached garage, quickly spread across the attic of the single-level home, causing major damage, said Ronnie Legore, first assistant chief of the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department.Legore said the fire marshal's office would determine the cause of the blaze and estimate damage to the home.
NEWS
June 29, 2003
Carroll County firefighters, fire prevention queens and ladies' auxiliary members earned awards during the Maryland State Firemen's Association's annual convention June 15-19 in Ocean City. Two families, both from the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company that have three or more generations in the fire service, were recognized. The families were: John Means Sr., John Means Jr., Donna Geiman, Lucas Geiman and Zack Means; and Scott Smith, Richard Smith, Robert Smith, Jason Smith and Kara Smith.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 21, 1996
The Carroll County Volunteer Fireman's Association and the Ladies Auxiliary held their annual conventions Saturday at the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company.Both groups opened the day with a memorial service honoring the 17 firefighters and 19 Ladies auxiliary members who died during the past year.This year marked the 73rd convention for the firefighters' association and the 54th for the Ladies Auxiliary.Harney will be host of the 1997 county convention.New officers for both organizations were elected and installed during business meetings.
NEWS
July 11, 1997
Jen Cole was crowned the 1997-1998 Miss Winfield Fire Prevention Queen Monday at the opening night of the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department's annual carnival.A 16-year-old South Carroll High School senior, Jen is involved in the department as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, rescue technician and hazardous materials operator.She earned her certification in the Carroll County Career and Technology Center's Emergency Services Technology course.The Winfield resident will represent the Fire Department at events and speak to schools, churches and civic organizations about fire prevention and safety.
NEWS
October 5, 1995
Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department placed Engine 142 in service Saturday after three months of refurbishing work.The 1986 Pirsch engine was sent to the Eastern Shore to be completely refurbished at a cost of $58,000, said Fire Chief Tim Warner."
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August 11, 2000
Equipment on new truck is used in three accidents Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department has responded to three serious auto accidents in which victims were extricated with state-of-the-art tools on the station's new rescue truck. Two of the accidents occurred on Streaker Road on July 23 and July 28. An accident Aug. 5 on Jim Bowers Road involved a race car. A death resulted from the accident July 28. Fire Department volunteers hold fund-raisers during the year to raise money to purchase equipment such as extrication devices, air tools and a hydraulic rescue system to reduce the time it takes to free a victim from a damaged vehicle.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2004
A lieutenant in the Howard County fire department has been assigned to administrative duty after being charged last month with child sexual abuse and assault stemming from an alleged incident at his Finksburg home in January, according to charging documents and fire officials. The state's child abuse and sexual assault unit in Carroll County charged Mark E. McKinney, 35, of the 2300 block of Da Lib Road with child abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault of a 15-year-old.
NEWS
June 29, 2003
Carroll County firefighters, fire prevention queens and ladies' auxiliary members earned awards during the Maryland State Firemen's Association's annual convention June 15-19 in Ocean City. Two families, both from the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company that have three or more generations in the fire service, were recognized. The families were: John Means Sr., John Means Jr., Donna Geiman, Lucas Geiman and Zack Means; and Scott Smith, Richard Smith, Robert Smith, Jason Smith and Kara Smith.
NEWS
January 20, 2003
Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company has announced its officers and board of directors for this year. Administrative officers are: Joseph Spangler Sr., president; Brian Dayton, first vice president; Mark Winebrunner, second vice president; Jeff King, treasurer; Mark Punt, corresponding secretary; Randy Panos, sergeant-at-arms; Hilbert Bitzel, chaplain; Louis Kirby, historian. Trustees are Richard Stone, Rick Schinzel, Howard Link, Tom Brothers and Frank Baker. Fire/rescue officers are Don Love, fire chief, and Sam Mann, Emergency Medical Services captain.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 23, 2001
Fire company plans memorial for victims of terrorist attacks Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department will hold a memorial service for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at 7 p.m. today at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Donations will be accepted for the families of the police officers and firefighters who died in the attack on the World Trade Center. Ebenezer church is at 4911 Woodbine Road. Information: 410-795-1333. Interfaith Housing names head of fund development Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland has announced that Rosalyne Reynolds has joined the organization as director of fund development.
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By Debra Taylor Young and Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 28, 2000
CHRISTMAS ARRIVED early for Sykesville & Patapsco Railway, a group of model-train enthusiasts that meets in the town's train museum, a Pullman car at Baldwin and Oklahoma avenues in Sykesville. The town's Gate House Museum recently received a donation of O-scale Lionel trains dated from the 1950s. Jim Purman, curator and archivist of the museum, said the collection will be lent to the S&P. ("O" is the largest scale of model train made.) The S&P has about 20 members who meet once a month and allow the public to view their three train gardens from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of every month.
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By CINDY PARR | March 14, 1994
Attention, all skilled and nonskilled laborers, the Christmas in April organization wants you!For the second year in a row, the Carroll County chapter of this nonprofit organization is seeking help in its efforts to rehabilitate and to repair some 15 residences throughout the county.During its first year in 1993, the Carroll County chapter completed a variety of repair work on five homes.To be successful again, Christmas in April Carroll County will need individuals, businesses and civic organizations to pitch in for those who are less fortunate.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 16, 1999
The Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association and Ladies Auxiliary elected officers for 1999-2000 at their annual conventions, held yesterday at the Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company.New officers for the Firemen's Association are: Robert Cumberland Jr., Westminster, president; John C. Korman, Hampstead, first vice president; Malcolm Helwig, Manchester, second vice president; Ralph Dull, Manchester, secretary; and Joe Hess, Reese, treasurer.Ladies Auxiliary officers are: Patricia Orlove, Westminster, president; Helen Korman, Hampstead, first vice president; Linda Black, Manchester, second vice president; Yvonne Stultz, Union Bridge, secretary; Janet Parrish, Taneytown, treasurer; Mary Jo Lilley, Lineboro, historian; and Sharon Sidler, Mount Airy, chaplain.
NEWS
August 11, 2000
Equipment on new truck is used in three accidents Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department has responded to three serious auto accidents in which victims were extricated with state-of-the-art tools on the station's new rescue truck. Two of the accidents occurred on Streaker Road on July 23 and July 28. An accident Aug. 5 on Jim Bowers Road involved a race car. A death resulted from the accident July 28. Fire Department volunteers hold fund-raisers during the year to raise money to purchase equipment such as extrication devices, air tools and a hydraulic rescue system to reduce the time it takes to free a victim from a damaged vehicle.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 22, 2000
The Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association vowed Saturday at its 77th annual convention to assist the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Company in correcting a communications problem that the station feels has for too long been neglected by the county. Firefighters and emergency workers fear someone may be injured or worse because of an inability to communicate properly by radio in the low-lying valley area. A letter from the Lineboro station to the Carroll County commissioners offering assistance in locating a proper site and engineering to establish a communications tower with an antenna was read at the convention.
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