It is with a heavy heart that the members of The Red Hill Fire Company announce The passing of our Fire Police Lieutenant Gary Horning. As you may have known Gary has been battling Leukemia since last October. In January the Members of the RHFC hosted The Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive in our Banquet Hall where almost three hundred people showed up to lend their support and be tested to see if they are a match. By the beginning of February it was announced that a 9 out of 10 match was found. By the end of February Gary was on his way to receive his Bone Marrow Transplant. Gary was a fighter and was battling his illness like a champ! He was on the road to recovery! We all new Gary as a fighter! On Monday it was announced that Gary's battle was over. Monday morning Gary went into Cardiac Arrest and suffered "Broken Heart Syndrome". which is extreme stress on the heart. The members , firefighters and Officers wish to offer the Horning Family our most sincere condolences on their loss of a great man. Gary will me missed, and admired by many people for his heroic battle that he fought with such strength.
The services for the celebration of Gary's Life will be held this Friday April 17th at the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home 222 Washington Street East Greenville PA. Calling hours will be from 11:00an to 1:00pm. with services to follow. A procession in Gary's honor will be held following the services back to The Red Hill Fire Company Banquet Hall at 82 East 5th Street Red Hill PA where Refreshments will be offered.
A Final Salute procession will be held stating at 6:00pm at The Upper Perkiomen High School parking Lot where the Chief has asked for every available Fire Engine, Ladder Truck, Fire Police Unit, Special Service, Ambulance and so on be present and lined up and ready to go by 6:00 pm. we thank you again for your support of the Horning Family and The Red Hill Fire Company during this difficult and tragic time....
Early Tuesday Morning Squirt 71 was dispatched to assist Station 72 (Tylersport) on a working Dwelling Fire in Salford Township. Originally dispatched for Squirt 71 to relocate to Station 72's House, shortly after dispatch Squirt 71 was requested to proceed into scene by 72 Command and assist with manpower. Within minutes Squirt 71 and crew of 5 plus the Chief went responding. Upon arrival 71 Crews assisted in the rear of the building with lighting and clean up. 71 crews remained on scene for approximately 2 hours before returning to station.
Red Hill Units Responding:
SQ71, CH71, DC71, BC71, LT71, LT71-1
In the early hours of January 31, Station 71 Crews with Squad 71 were alerted to assist Bucks County Station 58 (Trumbaurersville) with a RIT assignment on a working dwelling fire in the Richland Meadows trailer park in Richland Township Bucks County. In just minutes Squad 71 and a crew of 5 with the Deputy (H. Gillmer) hit the Street. While in route, Squad 71 was advised from 58 Command to stand down the RIT Assignment but to proceed into scene with hand tools and assist with manpower. At this time 58 crews had the fire knocked down and were involved in extensive overhaul. A short time after arriving on scene Squad 71 was released and returned to station.
Red Hill Units Responding:
SD71, DC71, BC71, LT71, FP71-3
The members and Crew of The Red Hill Fire Company wish to take a moment to personally thank each and EVERY person that came out to the "Be The Match" Bone Marrow Campaign for Gary Horning! The outpour of support from the public was overwhelming!
We believe we had somewhere close to Three Hundred people come out to get a simple cheek swab to see if they are the one in a million match to help our Brother Gary!!! Once again we applaud and Thank You for your help, assistance and support during this time. Prayers to our Brother Gary in hoping to find the one!!!
Below are quite a few pictures from the day courtesy of Photographer Brianna Gedman and QRS Lieutenant, Diana Gedman (Congratulations By the Way!!)
The Members of The Red Hill Fire Company are asking for the public's assistance.
One of our own was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. The test is easy, painless and quick. If you can find time the weekend of January 17th, even if you don't know Gary personally please come down to the Red Hill Fire Company and help out a real good guy! Gary has always been the first guy in line to help out those in need, and this is just a small way that we can help out a brother of ours. So please show your support in the "Be the Match" campaign and we will see you all Saturday January 17th between 11:00 and 3:00!!!
On October 16th, Gary was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myloid Leukemia). He was immediately admitted to the University of Pennsylvania, where he underwent aggressive chemotherapy – 35 days later he was finally able to come home. He is currently undergoing his second round of treatment, but ultimately needs a bone marrow transplant to have a successful remission.
Many of you may know him for his service as Fire Police with the Red Hill Fire Department, an active member of the North Penn Goodwill Canteen Services, and serving on the Red Hill Borough Planning Commission, among other community involvement.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! On January 17th, 2015 we will be hosting a Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive at the Red Hill Fire Company Social Hall from 11am-3pm. Donors must be between the ages of 18-44 with generally good health!
It's a one a million shot that we will find a match for him - but someone out there is OUR one in a million and maybe that is YOU! The test is a simple, painless cheek swab - that's it!!
During our event we will be serving hot dogs, soda and chips for donation, all of which goes directly to the Be the Match Foundation.
Snow date: January 24th, 2015
Below here is the Link to the WFMZ 69 News Story that aired on January 14th 2015.
A quiet Friday morning like most, Squirt 71 was alerted to assist Berks County Station 58 (Hereford) on a working dwelling fire on Gravel Pike in Hereford Township. Squirt 71 Responded with The Battalion and crew of 6 plus the Chief in a matter of minutes. While in route Squirt 71 was advised by MCPS Radio to take the RIT assignment upon arrival. Squirt 71 arrived on location and set up RIT Assignment on the C/D corner until being released about a hour later.
Red Hill Units Responding:
CH71, SQ71, BC71, LT71-1
Join us this year on Sunday December 21, 2014. as The Red Hill Fire Company escorts Santa around the Borough and townships first due area! The times listed below are where you can catch the Big Jolly FATMAN!!!!
- 11:00 - 11:05 - Findland Road & Hilligass Road
- 11:10 - 11:30 - Creekview Road & Oakwood Road
- 11:35 - 11:50 - Upper Perkiomen Manor Parking Lot
- 11:55 - 12:05 - 7th Street & Washington Street
- 12:10 - 12:30 - Vanguard Drive & Riverside Drive
- 12:35 - 12:45 - 8th Street & Cedar Court
- 12:50 - 1:10 - Jefferson Street Between 6th & 7th Street
- 1:15 - 1:35 - Red Hill Fire Company
- 1:40 - 2:00 - Stone Haven Road & Wexford Drive
- 2:05 - 2:15 - Winchester Place & Wellington Way
- 2:20 - 2:30 - Newman Road & Newman Circle
- 2:35 - 2:45 - 2nd Street & Cindy Lane
- 2:50 - 3:00 - Cedar Lee Drive & Hendricks Road
- 3:05 - 3:15 - Red Hill Fire House
We Really Hope To See You There!!!!
Sunday October 26th was no ordinary day for the 71 crews! As members were gathering at the Station to get ready to partake in the annual Upper Perk Halloween Parade, Crews were alerted to assist Station 65 (Pennsburg Fire Co.) with Field 71 and Squirt 71 on a working woods fire to the rear of Saint Phillip Neri Church. Field 71 and Lieutenant 71 (Haney) took to the street almost immediately. Chief 65 (Seip) arrived and found nearly 2 1/2 to 3 acres burning and spreading rapidly. 65 Command advised Field 71 to enter off Klinerd Road and proceed to the rear of the rectory to try and gain access to the quickly spreading fire. Field 71 arrived and proceeded with instructions clearing a path through dense brush to the back side of the flames and put a quick stop on what could have been disastrous fire. Crews remained on scene hitting hot spots and cutting timbers for approximately 1 hr and 40 min. before returning to the parade.
Units on Scene:
F71, SQ71, TW65, SD65, F65, SS65, SD38, T42, TAC42, T37, BERKS T58
About an hour and a half through the parade Squad 71 was alerted to assist Station 42 (Green Lane) with the accident with injuries. Squad 71 and Deputy 71 (Gillmer) and a crew of 4 broke from the parade in East Greenville to respond to the incident. Squad 71 arrived and assisted 42 in securing the vehicle before taking up and going available a half hour later.
Units on Scene:
SD71, R42, SD78, M344, TR71, TR78
Once again the Volunteers at The Red Hill Fire Company wish to thank the community in which we protect, as well as the surrounding fire companies that came out and participated in this years open house / fire prevention. Without your continued support we would not be the company that we have become!
The events of the night kicked off around 7:00pm with a demonstration of a tanker relay. The relay ran from a hydrant to around the block and back to a dump site located off the back entrance of our station on East 5th Street. That is where we had a porta-pond set up which fed Squirt 71 that was flowing the boom across our back field. A BIG Thanks to Berks Co. Tanker 58 (Hereford) Montco Tanker 42 (Green Lane) & Montco Tanker 72 (Tylersport) in your assistance with this evolution.
At the conclusion of the Relay it was time for the Vehicle Rescue demonstration which was completed by the Crews from Squad 65 & Tower 65 (Pennsburg) which demonstrated different techniques in extricating a victim.
Next up, Crews from Station 71 setup a LZ in the back field to land Mid-Atlantic 3.
After about a half hour Q&A session with the pilot and crew from the helicopter. It was time for our final event of the night which was a staged vehicle fire in our upper lot. The fire was lit off by Chief 71 (S. Alderfer) and Bucks Tanker 58 (Trumbauersville) was dispatched to the Scene and placed the fire under control.
Once again the Members of Station 71 want to thank everyone for their continued support and we look forward to seeing all of you next year!!!
Units on Scene:
Station 71, TW65, SD65, TR65, TR65-1, E38, CANTEEN 41, E42, T42, T72, R74, U78, (BERKS) STATION 97, (BERKS) E39 (BERKS) T58 (BUCKS) T58, 369, 344, LARRY ROEDER 9/11 ENGINE, PSP SKIPPACK, MARLBOROUGH TWSP POLICE
Saturday morning at 07:30 71 Crews set out with Marine 71 and Marine 71-1 to assist The Boy Scouts with their Boy Scout Jamboree at The Green Lane Park. Crews stood by both on land and in the water while the Scouts operated canoes in the water during their competition. Marine 71-1 took place about center lake while the Scouts paddled cross stream for several hours.
We thank The Boy Scouts for the opportunity to assist them in their exercises today and look forward to helping them again in the future.
Units on Scene:
Utility 71, Marine 71-1, Field 71, Marine 71, QRS71, Traffic 71, Chief 71
Join us on Tuesday October 14th for our annual Fire Prevention Night at the Grounds of The Red Hill Fire Company at 71 East 4th Street in Red Hill where we will have Demonstrations from several area fire companies including:
Fire Extinguisher Demonstrations
Many Trucks on Display
Live Fire Demonstrations
and Much, Much More!!!!
The Fun kicks off at 6pm
We Hope to see you there!!!
ARTICLE COURTESY OF THE TOWN & COUNTRY NEWSPAPER: EDITOR; LARRY ROEDER
Volunteers from the Red Hill Fire Company responded to a report of smoke-alarm activation around 1:45 Monday afternoon at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road in Pennsburg.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the alarm activation was in the 100 wing of the building with no indication of smoke or fire there. The alarm was reset and it went off again a few minutes later in the 400 wing. There, firefighters found a smoke condition and Red Hill Chief Scott Alderfer called in a second alarm assignment to bring additional volunteers and equipment to the scene. Firefighters searched the building for about 30 minutes to find the cause of the smoky condition.
The incident was investigated by Alderfer who reported that "a leak in a roof-top air conditioning unit caused Freon to escape into the motor area and burn causing the smoky condition."
Alderfer said the unit was "red-tagged" and put out of service until it could be repaired or replaced. Damage was believed to be minimal but no estimate was available.
Students and staff were safely evacuated to the seating area of the nearby stadium, and they were also dismissed from the stadium. Students boarded busses in the north parking lot, away from fire apparatus and equipment.
Officials posted a notice on the school's website Tuesday afternoon during the incident stating, "At about 1:45 this afternoon an electric motor overheated in the high school shop area setting off smoke detectors and fire alarms. Students were safely evacuated to the stadium from where they were dismissed. Because of this, buses will be running approximately 45 minutes late this afternoon. The high school has been declared safe and is open again for normal activities. However, all high school after school activities have been canceled for today. High school students should report to school at regular time tomorrow morning. They should report to their MOD 4 class by 7:40AM. WMCTC buses will be held until students are able to gather their belongings. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter."
All units cleared the scene around 2:50 p.m.
Fire and fire police units responded from East Greenville, Green Lane, Hereford, Pennsburg, Skippack and Upper Frederick Fire Companies in Montgomery County; Hereford Fire Company from Berks County; and Milford Township, Trumbauersville and Quakertown Fire Companies in Bucks County.
An emergency medical services unit from Upper Perkiomen Valley Ambulance Association also responded to check students in the stadium area for affects or other medical needs.
At 1044 Hrs 71 Crews along with Tower and Squad 65 Pennsburg and Engine 38East Greenville were dispatched on the first alarm assignment for a building fire on Wellington Way in Upper Hanover Township. Within minutes Squirt 71 took to the street with the Battalion and a crew of six. Deputy 71 H. Gillmer arrived on scene confirming an active fire in the walls between the bathroom and kitchen area. Crews quickly opened up the walls in the bathroom kitchen and up stairs bathroom to check for extension. Lucky for all a pipe in the walls had sprung a leak assisting in suppressing the fire before it had gotten out of control. The cause of the fire is under investigation from The Township Fire Marshall. Crews cleared the scene in about an hour and a half.
ARTICLE COURTESY OF THE TOWN & COUNTRY NEWSPAPER & EDITOR LARRY ROEDER
Red Hill firefighters were called to the scene of a vehicle fire in the 600 block of Butternut Court around 1:40 p.m. yesterday. The fire was discovered by the operator of the service van who was working in the home at the time.
The first volunteers on the scene found a service van parked in the driveway of the home, fully involved in flames that were beginning to melt the siding of the dwelling.
Firefighters used a 2-inch hand-line and foam to extinguish the fire. Fire damage was confined to the van and front of the home. The van was totally destroyed and a vehicle parked next to the van also suffered some heat damage. There was minor smoke damage to a bedroom in the front of the house.
According to Montgomery County property records, the house is owned by Paul and Shirley Kulanko who were not home at the time. No injuries were reported.
Red Hill Chief Scott Alderfer estimated the damages to the home to be "at least $5,000." No damage estimate was available for the vehicles.
Alderfer said firefighters "did a heck of a job to keep the fire from spreading further."
Also dispatched to the scene were firefighters and fire police from East Greenville, Pennsburg and Green Lane fire companies. A State Police unit also responded.
Fire police had Butternut Court, from Sixth to Seventh streets, closed for about an hour.