By Brian Cordrey
A large crowd of families and friends from the Delmar community joined members of the Delmar Fire Department at the open house celebration for the dedication of the new addition to the Delmar Fire House and two new ambulances.
The fire house was open to everyone in the community. Grove Street was blocked off and fire trucks were moved out so that everyone could see them. Members of the fire department manned tables to demonstrate the importance of smoke detectors and distribute literature about fire prevention, all as a kick-off to Fire Prevention Week. The public was invited to tour all parts of the fire house.
Harry Naugle, president of the Delmar Fire Department, got the dedication ceremony under way at 2 p.m. He introduced the guests and recognized members of the committees responsible for purchasing the ambulances and working on the plans for the new addition. He made a presentation to Jack Morris Sr. to be given to his son Kevin Morris, who is in the hospital, thanking the younger Morris for all his hard work in planning for the open house and dedication ceremony.
Bob Twilley, chairman of Fire Prevention Week activities, presented a short speech on fire prevention that included the safe use of smoke detectors and match safety and explained that the fire prevention program reaches about 2,000 children in various clubs and school related activities. Twilley introduced Kara Hughes, Little Miss Delmar Fire Prevention Queen, and Heather Johnson, Miss Delmar Fire Prevention Queen, who then explained what fire prevention meant to them.
Mayor Douglas Niblett, Delmar, Md., and Mayor John McDonnell, Delmar, Del., congratulated the Delmar Fire Department on the new addition to the fire house and the new ambulances. They thanked the members of the fire department for their work on behalf of citizens of Delmar and noted that the town of Delmar and the Delmar Fire Department have had a successful working relationship through the years.
Naugle introduced the main speaker for the dedication, Norman Conway, delegate to the Maryland House of Delegates and long time educator in Wicomico County. Conway spoke of the community firehouses, along with churches and schools, as being the keystones of the community and centers of community service. He expressed his confidence in the skills of firefighters who undergo a great deal of specialized training and handle all types of new expensive equipment to perform their jobs. Delmar’s new ambulances are the first mobile hospitals that people see when they have medical emergencies, he said.
Conway said that the recent 9/11 tragedies brought home to all of us how vulnerable we are in America and the important role of firefighters in saving lives in our communities. He said he has the greatest confidence in the skills of firemen and is proud to be a member of Firehouse Station 2 in Salisbury for the last 42 years. He thanked the men and women of the Delmar Fire Department for their service to the community.
Naugle thanked Conway for helping Delmar celebrate its dedication. He reminded that audience that the new addition to the fire house is 12,000 square feet in size and cost $586,000. It houses the new communications center, ambulances, EMS office, meeting rooms, living quarters for the EMS staff and storage space. Delmar also has a new $446,000 rescue truck. Each of the department’s two new ambulances costs $140,000 and contains $60,000 in specialized equipment.
Fred Webster, ambulance captain for the Delmar Fire House, presented the history of ambulances in Delmar, beginning with the first ambulance in mid-1940 through the new 2002 ambulances and the five paid paramedics and EMT staff that now provide 24-hour protection for Delmar citizens. Two men were honored as Delmar heroes for their service to the Delmar Fire Department and for their years of faithful service to the Delmar community. Mark Naugle presented Nina Morcom with a plaque that honors Al Morcom. Sarah Short was presented with a plaque honoring William (Bill) Short. One of the new ambulances is dedicated to the memory of Al Morcom and one to the memory of Bill Short for their years of support and service to the Delmar Fire Department.
The audience was invited to move outside, where two ribbon cutting ceremonies took place dedicating the two entrances to the addition that will house the new ambulances. McDonnell, Timishea Spriggs, Conway and Niblett cut one ribbon and Joe Morris, Lisa Bare, Joyce Figgs and Naugle cut the second ribbon.
Members of the Delmar Fire Department completed the dedication ceremony for the two new ambulances by pushing them into the new addition to the fire house.
Members of the fire department and public were invited to enjoy refreshments and a buffet. Citizens looked over all the fire equipment and watched a demonstration by the monster truck, “Backdraft,” that crushed six cars.
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Congratulations to Darrell and Beth Lewis on their new baby daughter, Jessica Lynne. She was born Tuesday, Oct. 1. Her brother, Dillon, also welcomes Jessica home. The maternal grandparents are Jim and Janet Jestice of Laurel and Bill and Barbara Ryan of Salisbury. The paternal grandparents are Brenda Lewis of Laurel and Dickie Lewis.
Forty-nine members of the Sand Dollar Walking Club enjoyed walking the boardwalk in Ocean City, Friday, Oct. 4. Following the walk they had breakfast at the Phillips by the Sea Restaurant. This is a semi-annual occasion where they all gather and walk the boardwalk.
If anyone is looking for a special gift for Christmas, birthday, or just a thank you gift, visit Irma Hudson at The Duck Decoy next to the Dutch Country Market in Laurel. A few years ago Irma took the challenge of painting pictures on duck feathers and now paints almost anything on them from ducks, dogs, swans, etc. The pictures look so real and are beautiful. She also carries a broad arrangement of gifts that you might not find anywhere else. Visit Irma - she always has a smile for you.
If you want to listen to some good Christian music, come and listen to Allen and Connie Reustle sing accompanied by Marion Hughes playing music at the Riverton United Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 8:30 a.m.
Happy belated birthday wishes to Nicholas Smith, who celebrated his birthday on Oct. 5. Nicholas is the son of Charles and Suzanne Smith.
I wish my husband, Mike Cordrey, a very happy birthday on Sunday, Oct. 13.
Other happy birthday wishes for: Letitia Fisher, on Oct. 6; Dawn Fields Turner, Julie Downing, and Frances E. Holloway, Oct. 7; Charlotte Wootten, Oct. 8; David Holloway, Oct. 9; Irmina Sullivan, and Robert Causey, Oct. 10; Virginia Sparrow, Susan Elliott, and Gail Wootten, Oct. 12.