Tonight, members of the Pleasant Gap Fire Company gathered at the Mountain View Country Club for a very special 100th Anniversary version of our annual banquet. Over 190 people attended, including volunteer members of the company, paid EMS staff, spouses and their guests. We were honored to have some of our friends from neighboring companies in attendance as well.
For our centennial, we received special proclamations from Congressman Glenn Thompson, PA State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, and PA State Senator Jake Corman, and all three of our County Commissioners. We also heard some very nice words of thanks and appreciation from township representatives of Spring, Benner and Walker Townships. Our speaker tonight was PA Fire Commissioner Ed Mann whose message was to “remember our history” – very fitting for our 100th anniversary.
As we look backwards, tonight, members received a book of photographs, stories and information about our fire company’s history. This book was the result of countless hours of work by Fire Company Member Gregg Heny and the financial support of several local business sponsors.
We took a moment tonight honor Gary Royer, who has served as our fire chief for the past 20 years. We presented him with a commemorative plaque as a small token of our appreciation for his leadership and look forward to his continued involvement in our fire company.
As we turned over the reigns to the new chief, Lou Brungard, we did so in typical Pleasant Gap style, by giving him a hard time tonight about his picture in yesterday’s Centre Daily Times. Thanks Commissioner Mann for helping us with that! Commissioner Mann also presented us with a proclamation from Governor Tom Corbett and our “Participating Department” certificate and decals.
This year’s Ambulance Volunteer Award went to Marc Burns. The Ambulance Paid Staff Award went to Chris Hockenberry. The Fire Police award went to Gary Royer. The Community Award went to Swartz Fire and Safety. Gene Jacobs received his Life Member pin tonight. Rick Sherretz received the President’s Award. Tom Shade received a special “Teamwork” award for his service to the company and many years as our financial secretary and in many other capacities over they years.
You can view a few pictures from our banquet at https://www.facebook.com/pgfd8/posts/611901098897547
… and now, on to the next 100 years!