County volunteer firefighters, auxiliary elect leaders Past, current members honored for service at 75th annual convention


The Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association elected new officers as it held its 75th annual convention -- along with the 56th annual Ladies Auxiliary convention -- Saturday at New Windsor Middle School.

Both groups held their business meeting and the election after a memorial service honoring members who died in the past year.

Firemen's Association officers are Bob Alexander of Reese, president; Bob Cumberland of Westminster, first vice president; John Korman of Hampstead, second vice president; Ralph Dull of Manchester, secretary; and Joe Hess of Reese, treasurer.

Officers and delegates to the association from each station also were sworn in.

Ladies Auxiliary officers are Pat Spangler of Reese, president; Pat Orlove of Westminster, first vice president; Helen Korman of Hampstead, second vice president; Linda Black of Manchester, secretary; Yvonne Stultz of Union Bridge, treasurer; Janet Parrish of Taneytown, historian; and Mary Jo Lilley of Lineboro, chaplain.

After a dinner at the fire hall of the host New Windsor Fire and Hose Company No. 1, the association inducted three firefighters into its Firemen's Hall of Fame. They are:

Jerry Harris of Union Bridge. He has been a member of Union Bridge Fire Company for 37 years, carnival chairman for 35 years and raffle chairman for 30 years. He is a past association president and Union Bridge vice president and executive committee member for 11 years.

Charles E. Bush of Reese. The 81-year-old charter member of Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company has been a fire chief, trustee and president and treasurer for 30 years.

Richard Dell of Manchester. He was president of Manchester Fire Engine & Hook & Ladder Company for 13 years, carnival chairman for 12 years, past president of the firemen's association, and county and state convention delegate for 12 years. He is a life member of the Manchester Fire Company.

The association also presented the Arthur Lowman Memorial Fire Prevention Award to Gene Mellin, first assistant fire chief at Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company. This award goes to a station member who has done the most for fire prevention during the past year.

The association also passed resolutions recognizing two members for their work with the group:

Dick Baker, a past president who handled the election fund and was a delegate to the convention for many years. Baker is giving up the duties.

Linda Bostian, who helped handle the Length of Service Award Program and state taxes for the association. She is retiring as a county employee July 1.

The association's Fire Prevention Committee last year began handing out Citizen Safety Awards to residents nominated by a station for heroic efforts on a fire or medical call.

This year's recipients are:

Mike Stavish of Mount Airy and Bill Bledsoe of Winfield for helping a family out of a burning house and trying to extinguish the fire with a garden hose.

Charles Kirkpatrick of Pleasant Valley for calling 911 and getting his wife out of an upstairs bedroom when their home caught fire late at night.

Westminster City Police Cpl. Tony Ott, Sgt. Keith Sauter and Officer Laurien Askew for trying to rescue a disabled woman trapped in her burning apartment.

Pub Date: 5/18/98

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