It was a busy 2012 for members of Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, who responded to 948 fire calls and 1,084 medic calls during the year, including some high-profile incidents.
"The members and the community of Kingsville can be very proud of the fact that our company has once again performed as one of the top responding companies within the Baltimore County volunteer fire service system," Chief Michael J. Berna wrote to his fellow members in the program distributed during Saturday night's annual installation of officers banquet that celebrated the company's 59th years of service as well as the accomplishments of its volunteers in the last year.
For three days, Kingsville volunteers remained at the scene of a multi-alarm fire at the Belko Corp. as it burned and smoldered.
"Even though this fire proved to be stubborn, our members stepped up and remained on the scene for the entire time until the last ember was out," Berna wrote.
During Superstorm Sandy, 36 volunteers manned the Kingsville station and equipment for two straight days, and worked with Maryland Army National Guard members deployed to the Kingsville station to merge with Kingsville's swiftwater/flood rescue team.
On the EMS side, Capt. John Cooke thanked his volunteers.
"We continue to get busier each year and we continue to hit the streets every day with 100 percent pure volunteers," Cooke wrote in the program. "We look forward to another successful year! And thank you everyone for everything you do!"
The program Saturday was dedicated to Raymond Corbin Jr., who died Jan. 6 at age 87. Mr. Corbin was posthumously honored with the Presidents Award.
The Vernon A. Brown Sr. Fireman of the Year was Daniel Conte and the EMS Person of the Year was Emily Dilworth.
The top fire responders in 2012 were Shane Hubbe, 465 calls; John Cooke, 442; Salvatore Rivieri II, 330; Charles Tittle, 321; Joseph Greely, 315; Jeremy Heinz, 305; Gary Weer, 282; Jeffrey Weer, 262; Michael Griffiths, 248; and Christopher Baier, 230.
The top EMS members for 2012 were John Cooke, 253 calls; Michael Podles, 265; Ryan Ernst, 244; Kellie Cooke, 144; Charles Tittle, 137; Salvatore Rivieri II, 116; Emily Dilworth, 97; Shane Sierakowski, 89; Charity Cannon, 80; and Joshua Cooke, 79.
The top 10 fundraisers for 2012 were Rita Sayler, 361 hours; Jennifer Van Gelder, 219; Mario Melfa, 145; Stephen Belkoff, 121; Karen Sayler, 120; Joshua List, 116; Bernice Kuehne, 115; Salvatore Rivieri II, 114; Benjamin Kadow, 113; and Lisa Dilworth, 108.
Administration officers for 2013 are Mario Melfa, president; Dennis Eyre, vice president; Rita Sayler, corresponding secretary; Scott Taylor, recording secretary; Victoria Clayton treasurer; David Franz, sergeant-at-arms; Ronald Cassett Sr., chaplain and J. Kelly Berkeridge, Albert Dilworth, Edward Griffiths and Joshua List, board of directors.
The fire and rescue officers for 2013 are Michael Berna, chief; Jeffrey Weer, assistant chief; Donald Coster III, fire captain; Joseph Greely and Shane Hubbe, first lieutenants; Michael Griffiths, rescue captain; Salvatore Rivieri II and Nicholas Sayler, rescue lieutenants; Daniel Conte, engineer; and Albert Dilworth, assistant engineer.
EMS officers for 2012 are John Cooke, EMS captain; and Shane Sierakowski and Ryan Ernst, EMS lieutenants.
Earning service awards were Bruce King, 45 years; Stephen Miller, 35 years; Michael Berna, 30 years, Ronald Hale, 25 years, Timothy Weer, 15 years; Stuart Miller and Carlos Velez, 10 years; and Dana Berkeridge, Emily Dilworth, Alexander Kelly, Shane Sierakowski, John Dulina, Benjamin Kadow, Lindsay-Ann Optiz and Seth Torbit, five years.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun