Chris Cornes, left, is recognized as Joppa-Magnolia's top ladies auxiliary responder by Margaret Bullock, center, and Bonnie Haden.
Chris Cornes, left, is recognized as Joppa-Magnolia's top ladies auxiliary responder by Margaret Bullock, center, and Bonnie Haden. (BRYNA ZUMER | AEGIS STAFF)

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.

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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.

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman dropped by the ceremony as well.

He explained he was headed home on I-95 but couldn't resist getting off the Joppa exit to visit the company on their banquet night.

"On behalf of the entire county, thank you for all you do," Glassman said..

"We are into our first year and I think we are starting to get the house in order so we can continue to try to help the fire companies," Glassman said. "Bear with us as we get the house in order."

During the ceremony, Ian Williams was named EMS Person of the Year and George Emmel IV was name Fire Person of the Year.

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.

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This story is updated from an earlier version to reflect the correct names of the EMS Person of the Year and Fire Person of the Year.

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