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64th Annual Banquet
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By Battalion Chief John Sly
April 29, 2011

On Friday, April 29th, 2011 the Westwood Fire Company celebrated another successful year at our 64th Annual Banquet.

This year's banquet, which highlights our 2010 operating year, was held at the Coatesville Country Club.

All of our active crew members, bingo helpers, social members, neighboring fire company Chiefs, Township Supervisors, and several special guests were invited to attend in appreciation for all that our members and friends do to keep the fire company operating throughout the year.

The banquet began at 6PM with an hour of hors d'oeuvres and socializing, with dinner and our welcoming introductions starting at 7PM.

President Amer welcomed all in attendance and thanked everyone for coming, and led everyone in a salute to the flag followed by a prayer by Valley Township Supervisor Arlin Yoder. Everyone was then dismissed by table by DJ Cory Huth for a buffet style dinner.

As dinner was concluding, it was time to begin the banquet presentations and awards ceremonies. First, our special guests were introduced. President Amer welcomed our administrative guests while Past Chief Scott introduced our neighboring Fire Company officers. Chief McWilliams then introduced the neighboring EMS Officers.

Past Fire Chief Scott was then introduced to present the 2010 Firefighter awards. Lieutenant Zwick and Firefighter Gorba were each presented with the 2010 3rd Place Firefighter of the Year Award. Firefighter/EMT Kerrigan was presented with the 2010 2nd Place Firefighter of the Year Award. Deputy Chief Deckman was honored as the 2010 1st Place Firefighter of the Year. Chief McWilliams was presented with the 2010 Driver of the Year award. Junior Firefighter Taylor was presented with the 2010 Junior Firefighter of the Year award.

Past Chief Scott also presented the 2010 Fire Police Officer of the Year awards. Second place Fire Police Officer of the Year 2010 was presented to Fire Police Lieutenant Jim Pilotti. 2011 Fire Police Captain Dave Leary was honored as the 1st Place Fire Police Officer of the Year 2010.

The next presentation was the Chester A. Taylor Fire Chief's Award. This award will be presented annually to a Firefighter who exemplifies the spirit of a volunteer in their relentless commitment to the Fire Company and the Community. The 2010 award was presented to Past Fire Chief Wayne Criswell. Chief Criswell has been a member of the Fire Company since 1976 and has served in many operational roles including Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, Rescue Captain, Fire Captain, and Lieutenant. Chief Criswell served as Fire Chief of the Westwood Fire Company from 1989-1990. Chief Criswell has long been looked up to by many members of the Fire Company for his experience in fire and most especially rescue operations. Chief Criswell takes great pride in Rescue 44 and maintains the equipment each week to ensure operational cleanliness and readiness. For his dedication to the Company, he received the honor of the this award.

Past Chief Scott presented a 15 minute slideshow highlighting the fire service career of Chief Criswell; including photographs and numerous newspaper articles showing various fires and accident scenes that Chief Criswell has responded to and collected in his personal scrapbook for decades.

A special award presented each year is the Joseph Sweigart Memorial Award, also known as our President's Award. Joe was our longtime President who served the Fire Company for many years. Each year, one member of the Fire Company will be chosen to receive this award in memory of Joe. He or she who is chosen is someone in the Company who goes above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis, provides dedicated service to the Company and Community, and advances the Fire Company to new levels as we progress into the future.

This year, the award was presented to Life Member Mabel McCoy. Mrs. McCoy has served faithfully on our Bingo Committee working every Tuesday and Saturday night for more than 40 years to ensure that our bingo fundraising continues to support the Fire Company. Mrs. McCoy's family has been involved in the Fire Company for decades; including her late brothers as Past President and Trustees, her late husband working on our Bingo Committee, and her daughter continuing to support our Bingo fundraisers. Throughout more than half of the history of the Westwood Fire Company's existence, Mrs. McCoy has been there serving as an auxiliary member and Bingo fundraiser.

2010 EMS Chief McWilliams was then called upon to present the 2010 EMS awards. The 2010 3rd Place EMS Provider of the Year was Matt Carr. The 2010 2nd Place EMS Provider of the Year was presented to Deputy EMS Chief Lisa Jo Ranck. EMS Lieutenant McGinn was honored as the 2010 1st Place EMS Provider of the Year. EMS Lieutenant McGinn responded to 269 EMS calls for service in 2010, showing an unbelievable amount of dedication to the EMS Division and the community.

Chief McWilliams also highlighted several recent accomplishments by the Fire Company, including the implementation of career staff to support our volunteer personnel during daytime weekday hours.

Following the awards presentations, Past Chief Sly announced that the Fire Company received a 2010 Federal SAFER Grant for volunteer retention over the next four years. This grant will provide for an incentive program for personnel who are the top responders over the next four years to receive reimbursements for fuel usage and other financial assistance. Chief Sly made note that so far in 2011, the Fire Company has received $81,861.08 in grant funding. Chief Sly also made mention that EMS Chief McWilliams, while not receiving an award as the Chief, responded to more EMS calls than any other member; 287 in 2010.

The presentations were wrapped up for the evening and the microphone was turned over to Fire Police Lieutenant Pilotti and EMS Lieutenant Devine for door prize distribution.

Dancing and more socializing then commenced with music from the DJ throughout the evening.

Every attendee was presented with this year's banquet gifts; a Westwood Fire Company travel mug and a Westwood EMS keychain lanyard.

We would like to thank all of our guests, friends, Township Supervisors, and members for all their help and support throughout the year, as well as all of those who graciously donated gifts to our members. The Westwood Fire Company completed our final year as the only full time 100% volunteer Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance service in Chester County thanks to our dedicated personnel.

We would like to recognize our friends at the Gordonville Fire Company in Lancaster Count for standing by at our station throughout the evening to provide protection to our community while we celebrated at the banquet. The crew responded to one fire alarm in Valley Township in the evening. Additionally, our neighbors at the Sadsburyville Fire Company supplied a crew to respond to all calls during the banquet as well.

Once again, a very special thank you to Photographer Mary Ann "Photodog" Kyte for the great pictures!

Mutual Aid: Gordonville Lancaster Tanker 4-3 and Sadsburyville Engine 31-1
 
Our 64th Annual Banquet was once again held at the beautiful Coatesville Country Club
Our 64th Annual Banquet was once again held at the beautiful Coatesville Country Club
 
The wonderful staff of the Country Club ready for service
The wonderful staff of the Country Club ready for service
Tables set and accented with our familiar blue and white linens
Tables set and accented with our familiar blue and white linens
 
DJ Cory setting up his equipment
DJ Cory setting up his equipment
 
Guests begin to arrive for the fun filled evening
Guests begin to arrive for the fun filled evening
Everyone enjoyed the hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour
Everyone enjoyed the hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A delicious meal was prepared by the Country Club staff
A delicious meal was prepared by the Country Club staff
 
 
 
 
 
Guests file through the buffet line
Guests file through the buffet line
 
 
Dessert!
Dessert!
 
Life Member Rochelle Ross walks around selling 50/50 raffle tickets after dinner
Life Member Rochelle Ross walks around selling 50/50 raffle tickets after dinner
Past Fire Chief Scott begins the award presentations
Past Fire Chief Scott begins the award presentations
 
2010 3rd Place Firefighter of the Year Ryan Gorba
2010 3rd Place Firefighter of the Year Ryan Gorba
2010 1st Place Firefighter of the Year Joe Deckman
2010 1st Place Firefighter of the Year Joe Deckman
 
2010 Driver of the Year Chief McWilliams
2010 Driver of the Year Chief McWilliams
2010 Junior Firefighter of the Year Chet Taylor
2010 Junior Firefighter of the Year Chet Taylor
 
2010 2nd Place Fire Police Officer of the Year Jim Pilotti
2010 2nd Place Fire Police Officer of the Year Jim Pilotti
2010 1st Place Fire Police Officer of the Year Dave Leary
2010 1st Place Fire Police Officer of the Year Dave Leary
 
Past Fire Chief Scott prepares to present the 2010 Chester A. Taylor, Jr. Fire Chief's Award
Past Fire Chief Scott prepares to present the 2010 Chester A. Taylor, Jr. Fire Chief's Award
 
2010 Chester A. Taylor, Jr. Fire Chief's Award recipient Past Chief Wayne Criswell
2010 Chester A. Taylor, Jr. Fire Chief's Award recipient Past Chief Wayne Criswell
 
Past Chief Scott begins a slideshow presentation highlighting Past Chief Criswell's history in the volunteer fire service
Past Chief Scott begins a slideshow presentation highlighting Past Chief Criswell's history in the volunteer fire service
Life Member Robin Criswell, wife of Wayne, photographing the moment
Life Member Robin Criswell, wife of Wayne, photographing the moment
 
Past Chief Criswell watching close and commenting on the presentation
Past Chief Criswell watching close and commenting on the presentation
 
President Amer comes forward to present the Joseph Sweigart Memorial President's Award
President Amer comes forward to present the Joseph Sweigart Memorial President's Award
President Amer presenting the 2010 Joseph Sweigart Memorial President's Award to Life Member Mabel McCoy
President Amer presenting the 2010 Joseph Sweigart Memorial President's Award to Life Member Mabel McCoy
 
Chief McWilliams prepares to present the 2010 EMS Awards
Chief McWilliams prepares to present the 2010 EMS Awards
 
2010 2nd Place EMS Provider of the Year awardee Deputy EMS Chief Lisa Jo Ranck
2010 2nd Place EMS Provider of the Year awardee Deputy EMS Chief Lisa Jo Ranck
2010 1st Place EMS Provider of the Year awardee EMS Lieutenant Andrew McGinn
2010 1st Place EMS Provider of the Year awardee EMS Lieutenant Andrew McGinn
 
Past Chief Sly prepares to make a special announcement
Past Chief Sly prepares to make a special announcement
Past Chief Sly announcing our recent grant successes
Past Chief Sly announcing our recent grant successes
 
 
 
 
2010 Fire Award recipients
2010 Fire Award recipients
2010 EMS Award recipients
2010 EMS Award recipients
 
2010 Fire Police Award recipients
2010 Fire Police Award recipients
2010 Chester A. Taylor, Jr. Fire Chief's Award recipient Past Chief Wayne Criswell with Chief Taylor's family
2010 Chester A. Taylor, Jr. Fire Chief's Award recipient Past Chief Wayne Criswell with Chief Taylor's family
 
The familiar team of Firefighter/EMT Pacana and Past Chief Criswell; both have been recipients of the Chief Taylor award
The familiar team of Firefighter/EMT Pacana and Past Chief Criswell; both have been recipients of the Chief Taylor award
2010 Joseph Sweigart Memorial President's Award recipient Mabel McCoy
2010 Joseph Sweigart Memorial President's Award recipient Mabel McCoy
 
2010 Westwood Fire Company award recipients group
2010 Westwood Fire Company award recipients group
Our members were honored for their service to the Fire Company at our annual banquet which highlighted our 2010 operating year
Our members were honored for their service to the Fire Company at our annual banquet which highlighted our 2010 operating year
 
Sadsburyville Chief Grossman
Sadsburyville Chief Grossman
Cochranville Firefighter Stoltzfus
Cochranville Firefighter Stoltzfus
 
Sadsburyville Deputy Chief Supplee
Sadsburyville Deputy Chief Supplee
Sadsburyville QRS Captain Supplee
Sadsburyville QRS Captain Supplee
 
Cochranville Deputy Chief Drennan
Cochranville Deputy Chief Drennan
 
Wagontown Chief Ziegler
Wagontown Chief Ziegler
 
Thorndale Assistant Chief D'Amico
Thorndale Assistant Chief D'Amico
 
East Brandywine Chief Edwards (who mistakenly believed he was invited as a guest speaker)
East Brandywine Chief Edwards (who mistakenly believed he was invited as a guest speaker)
East Brandywine Firefighter Allison Edwards
East Brandywine Firefighter Allison Edwards
 
Sky FlightCare Chief Flight Nurse Dr. Lowell Fina
Sky FlightCare Chief Flight Nurse Dr. Lowell Fina
Valley Township Supervisors Walter Johnson and Chris Lehenky
Valley Township Supervisors Walter Johnson and Chris Lehenky
 
Medic 93 Director Leo Scaccia
Medic 93 Director Leo Scaccia
Medic 93 Healthcare Provider Carol Hoesch
Medic 93 Healthcare Provider Carol Hoesch
 
Life Member Harvey McDonald
Life Member Harvey McDonald
 
Chief McWilliams
Chief McWilliams
 
Deputy Chief Deckman
Deputy Chief Deckman
 
Assistant Chief Scott
Assistant Chief Scott
 
Battalion Chief Sly
Battalion Chief Sly
 
Captain Short
Captain Short
 
EMS Chief Chris Biddle
EMS Chief Chris Biddle
Past EMS Chief Erin Biddle
Past EMS Chief Erin Biddle
 
Deputy EMS Chief Lisa Jo Ranck
Deputy EMS Chief Lisa Jo Ranck
Firefighter Boohar
Firefighter Boohar
 
Fire Police Lieutenant Pilotti
Fire Police Lieutenant Pilotti
Financial Secretary Davis
Financial Secretary Davis
 
Recording Secretary Devine
Recording Secretary Devine
Fire Police Officer Fryberger
Fire Police Officer Fryberger
 
President Amer
President Amer
EMS Provider Langan
EMS Provider Langan
 
Firefighter Axe
Firefighter Axe
 
Life Member Mabel McCoy
Life Member Mabel McCoy
Life Member Rochelle Ross
Life Member Rochelle Ross
 
Past Fire Police Captain Miller
Past Fire Police Captain Miller
Firefighter Parsons
Firefighter Parsons
 
Martin's Corner Firefighter/EMT King and Firefighter Gorba
Martin's Corner Firefighter/EMT King and Firefighter Gorba
Firefighter/EMT Kubala
Firefighter/EMT Kubala
 
Social Member Trish Sweigart
Social Member Trish Sweigart
 
Firefighter/EMT Harnish
Firefighter/EMT Harnish
 
Past Chief Wayne Criswell
Past Chief Wayne Criswell
Life Member Robin Criswell
Life Member Robin Criswell
 
Chief McWilliams and Firefighter/EMT Pacana
Chief McWilliams and Firefighter/EMT Pacana
Firefighter/EMT Kennedy
Firefighter/EMT Kennedy
 
 
 
DJ Cory Huth
DJ Cory Huth
It's time to dance!
It's time to dance!
 
 
Thanks to everyone for another great year and a wonderful night
Thanks to everyone for another great year and a wonderful night
 
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