Seven people from the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company were honored on Sept. 22 at the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association's annual awards banquet at Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Company.
Thomas "Mike" Hoshall, 74, was named Firefighter of the Year. He has been with Hereford for 54 years. Last year, he responded to 78 percent of Hereford's 515 calls and was the company's top responder. As of Sept. 22, he had responded to 82 percent of this year's calls.
Past chief Emory "Abe" Leight, 88, received the Edwin F. Preston award in recognition of 70 years of service. He joined Hereford on his 18th birthday and continues to be active.
Three Hereford volunteers were inducted into the BCVFA Hall of Fame. Past chief Fred Stiffler Jr., past president Charles Frederick and Ladies Auxiliary president Elizabeth Cole were inducted. They represent 97 years of service to Hereford.
Dora Barry, who died in 1987, was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame. She was a dedicated member of the Ladies Auxiliary.
The BCVFA also recognized Taylor Russell as Rookie of the Year. Taylor, a senior at Hereford High School, joined the volunteer fire company two years ago.