Fire Chief’s Holiday Party
Come Celebrate our 125th Anniversary
Tuesday December 17th
Aetna Hall –Station 8
Ogletown Road Newark DE
Doors Open at 7:00 P.M.
Time is allocated for brief remarks from our friends
It is with deep regret the Community Fire Company of Perryville, MD announces the passing of Fire Fighter and retired Lieutenant from the Federal Fire service at Perry Point Veterans Hospital, David R. Barr Jr. Fire Fighter Barr was a 13 year member of the Community Fire Company of Perryville and a member of Water Witch Volunteer Fire Company. Firefighter Barr, 64, was struck by a vehicle while on the scene of a motor vehicle crash on October 25, 2013. Firefighter Barr succumbed to his injuries shortly after 1100 on November 7, 2013. A full fire department honor funeral will be conducted on November 16, 2013.
Firefighter Barr is survived by his wife Donna Bannon Barr, son David R. Barr III, son John R. Barr and brother Edward E. Barr. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, at the Minker Banquet Hall, Community Fire Company of Perryville, Md., Inc., 920 Principio Furnace Road, Perryville, MD 21903. Friends may call from 1P.M. until 9 P.M. on Friday November 15th at the same location as listed above. The interment will be in the West Nottingham Cemetery, Colora, MD.
Companies desiring to bring Fire Apparatus please call Brian Williams, at 443-309-5396 for coordination instructions.
Cards may be sent to the family address:
Mrs. Donna Barr and Family
494 Rock Run Rd.
Port Deposit, MD 21904
To: All Veterans and Active Duty members of the Armed Services
From: Aetna 125th Anniversary Committee
Re: Tribute - Friday November 8, 2013 Company Meeting
7:00 p.m. Station 8
You are invited to a special tribute for Aetna Members who served our country at the November Company meeting. Major General Francis D. Vavala the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard will address the Company and present a challenge coin to all our Active Duty military and veterans.
Please join us as we celebrate the sacrifice you made for our freedom.
Seventy-three firefighters who died in the line of duty and eight firefighters who died in previous years were honored during the 32nd
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 6, at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD. They were also remembered in a special Candlelight Service on Saturday, October 5, at the Daughters of Charity Basilica, also in Emmitsburg, MD. The annual remembrance was held at Saint Mary's and the Daughters of Charity because of the impact of the government shutdown of the National Emergency Training Center campus in Emmitsburg where the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located.
On Sunday, October 6, members of the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co of Newark took turns pulling the rope 81 times on the large fire bell at the Academy Street fire station to locally commemorate the event. The large fire bell, located on the tower next to the fire station was originally used to summon firefighters for fires in town. The 1200 lb. bell was purchased for $90 in 1905. Today, it is rung twice a year. It is rung for the number of firefighters killed in the line of duty in the previous year at 12 noon on the date of the annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and it is rung 343 times, beginning at 9:59 AM on September 11 to remember the 343 firefighters killed in the World Trade Center Twin Towers collapse.
This annual ringing of the bell by our Firefighters and EMT's was held at noon, and is an Aetna tradition going back 30 years. While many of our members make the annual trek to the memorial service in Emmitsburg, members remaining in town gather to hold our own local solemn memorial.
"Firefighters possess an extraordinary blend of courage and compassion which allows them to willingly face tremendous risks to help those in need," said Chief Dennis Compton, Chairman of the Board of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Co Fire Chief John Rudd said "Each October we gather our members at our own memorial bell to reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in the line of duty and to let their families and co-workers know they will never be forgotten."
More than 5,000 people, including Members of Congress, Administration officials, members of the fire service, and families, friends and co-workers of the fallen firefighters attended the annual event in Emmitsburg. Families received flags flown over the U.S. Capitol and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Members of the fire service, honor guard units, and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. participated in this national remembrance.
Bronze plaques containing the names of the fallen firefighters were added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial located on the academy campus. The national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Fire Administration.
Note: pictured is Firefighter / EMT Diane Silverman. Diane has participated in the Aetna memorial service for the past 30 years.
Pictures are from Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Co.
Story By: J. Farrell, PIO
On September 25th, 2013 the Newark Police Department responded to a medical emergency in the unit block of Allison Lane. Upon their arrival, responding officers found a family member holding a two year old child who was unresponsive and had no pulse. The officers initiated CPR and continued their efforts until the child was turned over to Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder personnel who continued CPR and transported the child to the Christiana Hospital. The child became responsive while en route to the hospital. He was later
transported to A.I. DuPont Children’s hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
Story Courtesy: Newark Police Department
At 0024 hours on 9/15/13, Stations 7, 8, 9, and 10, Engine and Ladder 3, 6, and 12, Engine 2, Cecil County for Engine and Rescue, Station 30 for the RIT, B-15, and Medic 3 were dispatched to 851 Old Baltimore Pike for a working structure fire. The Duty Officer 7 Captain 1 (Sands) arrived on scene and found a 2 story wood framed single family dwelling apparently abandoned and fully involved. Old Baltimore Pike Command was established and units were advised that this would be a defensive, exterior attack. Engine 3-6 arrived on scene and got a line in service while Ladder 12 laddered the building. Engine 7-4 laid a supply line to 3-6 and advanced an additional 2 lines off 3-6. Assistant Chief Guzzo (8-8B) arrived on scene and command was transferred, 7 Captain 1 (Sands) handled manpower and 10-8B (Fox) was safety. The fire was knocked within 20 minutes and crews remained on scene for several hours for overhaul.
Thank you to the mutual aid units who responded and covered our district during the alarm.
Story By: Capt. J. Sands
Photos Courtesy: J. Vekasy and The News Journal
On 9/14/2013, Stations 7, 8, 9, and 10 were dispatched to Old County Road at the Maryland line for an MVC involving an All-terrain vehicle. As this was the weekend of the Delaware Firefighters Convention, several mutual aid companies were covering Newark. DELCO Rescue 39 (Lower Chichester), Cecilton Engine 6, and Chesapeake City Engine 2, along with ALS and Trooper 4 all responded. Due to conflicting report on whether the incident was in Delaware or Maryland, Chesapeake City was also added to the response. The incident ended up being on the Delaware side of the line. Captain Sands (7C1) had the command and the patient was flown to A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children by DSP helicopter Trooper 4.
On Sunday September 8, 2013, Aetna members, along with firefighters from across Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, participated in a 9/11 Memorial Walk sponsored by the First State Fraternal Order of Leatherheads (F.O.O.L.S.). The walk is in honor of the 343 active duty firefighters and 3 retired firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The one mile walk raises money for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation in their honor. Each walker received a card with the name of one of these firefighters which was read at the end of the walk and the 9/11 memorial bell was run for each fallen firefighter. Aetna members participated in the walk in full turnout gear, carrying hand tools, SCBA’s, and high rise hose packs just as firefighters did on 9/11. On 9/11 some firefighters managed to climb over 70 floors in an attempt to reach victims in the World Trade Center, so a mile without stairs wasn’t too bad! This was a memorable experience for all involved and we thank everyone who participated!
Early Saturday morning on 9/14 stations 7,8,9,10 were alerted to a MVC on I-95 southbound.
Units on scene: A-7, A-8, A-9, 7-4, 12-6, R-8, Deputy 10, Perryville engine ( cover up ), Aetna Fire Police, DSP, Medic 6 and ALS 28.
Aetna participated in a candlelight vigil in front of the US flag pole on Main Street and The Green. The the event was organized by a University of Delaware student to honor the memory of those who died on September 11, 2001.