More than six decades after its inception, the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company celebrated its members at the company's annual banquet Saturday evening.
The company handled 4,403 calls for medical help and 3,731 calls for fire in 2015, but also went out of their way to support a young man who got special recognition at the ceremony.
Nathaniel Nicholson was named honorary chief and got his own fire helmet after the boy was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012.
"Throughout his three years of treatments, the fire company became a sanctuary for him and his family to distract them from the medical procedures he and his family was going through," the company wrote in its program for the night.
Nathaniel was declared leukemia-free Aug. 31, 2015, and he got a standing ovation from the company.
President Bill Lay was also recognized for 50 years of service, including seven as president and 23 on the board of directors.
D'Angelo Holmes was the top fire responder with 1,023 calls and Brandon Clark was top volunteer EMS responder with 178 calls.
Most of the calls were in addition to calls handled as part of Joppa-Magnolia's paid crews, the company noted.
Carol Reprogel was the top administrative official and Chris Cornes was the top ladies' auxiliary official.
The other top fire responders were: Fred Causey, 691 calls; Kyle Barthel, 567 calls; John Singleton, 535 calls; Mark Hofmann Jr., 528 calls; Ian Williams, 452 calls; Ted Spruel III, 451 calls; John Terrell, 443 calls; Greg Scowden, 430 calls; and Alex Meade, 429 calls.
The top EMS responders were: D'Angelo Holmes, 163; Eryn Campbell, 146 calls; Kyle Barthel, 128 calls; Joe Burrs, 79 calls; John Gray III, 71 calls; Bryan Dailey, 69 calls; Holly Ludwig, 66 calls; Brian Burnett Jr., 53 calls; and Mark Hofmann Jr., 53 calls.