Fire Dept. – Historic Events


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Gift For Volunteers

Elmer Folk, Sr. (left foreground), of Danville R.D. 2, presents the deed to two acres of land to Wayne Eister, President of the recently formed Valley Township Volunteer Fire Co.. The firemen are making plans to build a company home on the plot, which was donated by Folk. In appreciation, the firemen presented Folk and his sons Robert and Elmer, Jr. life memberships. Other members of the fire company look on.

Valley Township Fire Company

VALLEY TOWNSHIP Fire Company will have a fire hall in the near future, thanks to the receipt of 1.9 acres of grounds along Indian Run Road, today. Elmer Folk Sr., third from left, is shown handing over the deed to fire company president Wayne Eister. Shown in photo from left, Stan Gill, township supervisor; Tom Kase, township supervisor chairmen; Folk Eister; Myron Eister, fire chief; Ron Swank, fire company secretary; Andy Pehowic, building committee; Marvin Sassman and Jeff Gum, assistant fire chief. Folk and his two sons, Elmer Folk Jr. and Robert Folk, were given lifetime memberships in the newly formed fire company. Supervisor Tom Kase said the supervisors are “seriously considering” a combined use for the proposed structure, using it as a fire hall and township community center.

Valley Company Gets Land

MAUSDALE- the new Valley Township Fire Company is on its way to becoming operational with the donations by Elmer Folk Sr. Danville RD2 of about two acres of land near the intersection of Rt. 54 and Interstate 80.
“All we need yet to become operational is a monitor siren and a building” said Myron Eister, Valley Township fire chief.
Folk gave the ground to the company in a brief ceremony Wednesday at the site in return, the company gave Folk and his two sons, Elmer Jr. and Robert, lifetime membership in the fire company.
But Folk would like to see the land used for more than a fire company building he hopes that the township board supervisors and the fire company can cooperate to build a combination municipal building and fire hall.
Folk said he sees a need for this, particularly since Valley is the fastest growing municipality in Montour County. The supervisors and the fire company officials are studying some plans to get ideas on a building, according to company president Wayne Eister.
The company has purchased a new truck which it still must pay for and has received numerous donations of fighting equipment. The firemen hope to build a tank truck. Assistant fire Chief Jeff Gum has built a radio for the new truck.
The chief said the company’s members have been participation in a monthly fireman’s training program with Danville’s fire companies as well as their own monthly training
The company meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
The group plans to buy a siren from the Millville Fire Company.
Folk said the idea of a combined municipal building and fire company from Montour Township in Columbia County where this has been done with success.

Valley Winner In Pumping Contest

DANVILLE- the newly-formed-Valley Township Fire Company won the first place prize Saturday afternoon in the pumping contest on the East End Fire Company, Mahoning Township grounds.
Finishing second after a playoff with Valley was the Friendship of Danville. The contest was sponsored by Henry Voelcker distributors, Danville, and the winning team members received windbreakers and the team received a trophy.
Thirteen teams from Danville, Mahoning and Valley Township and Riverside competed in the contest which involved knocking down a suspended beer keg with water from a hose.
Local fire company officials said they hope the event will become an annual affair and involve fire companies from adjoining counties.
The first and second place teams emerged from a field of four. Friendship defeated the Goodwill champs and Valley defeated Washies diesel team to enter the final playoff.

Valley Orders New Fire Truck

VALLEY TWP. – The newly organized Valley Township Fire Company members extended their thanks to those who made contributions to the financial support of the company.
The company has ordered a fire truck with a delivery date sometime in August, 1974. Total cost of the fully-equipped truck is in excess of $17,000.
More contributions are needed to attain the goal, according to Luther Cooke, president.
Pledges and contributions should be sent to Dale E. Schooley, secretary, Danville RD 3 or call 275-5704.
Contributors to date include: Sterling Andrews, Lewis Ashton, Anne Brooks, Arthur Brumbaugh, Frank Baylor, Luther Cooke, Ethel I. Chatak, Olive Clark, Dr. James Curtis, Richard A. DiGiacomo, N. F. Davis, Wayne Eister, Florence Edmeads, Paul Edmeads, Marjorie E. Ervin;
Dr. James F. Ervin, Estelle Fulcomer, Robert F. Farnsworth, Elmer Folk, Mrs. Robert Folk, Evan P. Fowler, Percy Gotschal, Mary A. Gehret, Kenneth Kauwell, Al Krum, Anthony Krankoskie, Malcolm L.  Long, Ruth Lewis, Howard L. Lunger;
Sally Leighow, John T. McCarty, Robert McWilliams, Edmund L. Miller, Arthur L. McWilliams, Alex Oshirak, Dennis V. Pirnot, George S. Reigle, Roland W. Reedy, Miles Row, Wilson W. Redka:
Charles Seitz, Dale E. Schooley, Alvin Swartzentruber, Gordon J Smart, Wanda M. Swartz, Wilbur P. Styer, Annabelle K. VonBlohn, Carl S. Weaver, Richard P. Walters, Walter A Weaver, Charles D. Wildsmith, William Zielsdorff; Al Krum Motors, Inc. Kelley’s Sunoco Service, Indian Run Social Club, and Visbeen Construction Co.