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South Fork Volunteer Fire Department hosts awards banquet

Submitted photo Fire Chief Roy Bowers presents Josh Parker with the 2020 Junior Fireman of the Year award at the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department annual banquet.

BRANDYWINE — More than 120 people attended the annual South Fork Volunteer Fire Department banquet held at the fire house April 24.

President Jeff Bowers welcomed the crowd after an invocation by Marie Bowers Miller. Speakers included county forester Rosey Santerra and state Sen. “Bill” Hamilton.

Since no banquet was held last year due to the pandemic, Fire Chief Roy Bowers announced last year’s and then this year’s honorees.

In 2019, Dennis Knicely was Fireman of the Year followed by Tim Hook, Most Dedicated; Steven Cook, Outstanding Leadership; Rick Gillespie, Outstanding Services to the Community; the Fire Department Auxiliary, Outstanding Services; and Ryan Mitchell, Junior Fireman.

In 2020, Paul Bolton, Jr. was chosen as Fireman of the Year; followed by Nila Bland, Most Dedicated; Charlie Hoover, Outstanding Leadership; Matthew Kontkyo, Outstanding Services to the Community; the Fire Department Auxiliary, Outstanding Services; and Josh Parker, Junior Fireman.

Robert “Bob” Grimm was honored for his Outstanding Services to the County. Also recognition was given to Dale Bland for mowing of the fire house property and Donna Evick for her baking excellence for the department.

New officers include Jeff Bowers, president; Greg Dyer, vice president; Dennis Knicely, secretary; and Nila Bland, treasurer and administrator.

George Armstrong and Tom Debyl announced the VFW Awards. Matthew Kontyko was honored for Law Enforcement, Bruce Minor for Emergency Medical Service and Richard Nelson for Fire.

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