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October Central Region Newsletter
Sunday, November 7th, 2021
ODHFS Central Region Members:
Despite the threatening weather that kept about 1/2 of the registered vehicles away, we still had a good turnout at the Muster in Farmville on October 9, 2021. While it rained (on me) on the way there and on the way home, other than a very short sprinkle early in the day, the weather was was fine. We had 71 members and guests attend, 17 antique apparatus on display (including 3 that drafted) and 4 other displays. The lunch that was prepared by the members of the Virginia Fire Museum was well received. Thanks to Dan Pempel for his work spreading the word in the local schools, by getting signs put up along the highways, and information on the radio there were a large number of families with children that came out throughout the day to see the apparatus. A complete report with pictures will be in the upcoming Torchbearer.
Thanks to Tommy Herman and Coleman Goodman who accompanied me with their apparatus at Jim Hanifer's funeral service. The family was very appreciative.
The following are events that I have been made aware of. If you know of events that should be included, please let me know as soon as you become aware of them, not 30 minutes after I have sent out that month's new letter.
  • December 4, 2021 Prince George County Christmas Parade 3 PM. Apparatus MUST be in line up no later than 2 PM at Prince George Police Department, 6600 Courthouse RD. This parade is limiting the total number of participants in the parade so if you desire to attend you MUST REGISTER With KENNY Williams NO LATER THAN SUNDAY NOV 7. Kenny's contact information is: bombcsi@yahoo.com ; 804-586-2495.
  • ODHFS Member Robert Morris needs someone with an apparatus to do a Santa Run on December 5 in King George County. He normally handles this but cannot this year. If you can assist him, please contact him ASAP at: pfdmorris@hotmail.com.
  • December 7, 2021 Colonial Heights Christmas Parade 7:00PM. There is a limited number of ODHFS apparatus that will be allowed to participate in this event so if you desire to attend with an apparatus you must contact Tommy Herman.
  • December 11, 2021 Powhatan Christmas Parade 2:00 PM. If you desire to attend with an apparatus, please contact me. I will send you the particulars when I get them.
  • December 12 , 2021 Chester Christmas Parade 2 PM. ODHFS is registered for this. One of our apparatus will serve as Santa's Chariot and an unlimited additional antique apparatus can serve as escorts. Staging for ODHFS apparatus will be at 1 PM at the Kohls store beside Chesterfield Fire Station #14. Note: They shut down Rt 10 between Chester and Fire Station 14 shortly after 1 PM so if you are traveling to staging from the west, you need to be there before 1 PM or take another route.
If you learn of any parades or events our Members in the Central Region would be interested in, be sure to let me and web chief Jack Sullivan ODHFSWebChief@gmail.com know about them.
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The 2022 Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service The 25th annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters & Emergency Medical Services Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m.
ODHFS Central Region Members;It's always great to start out my newsletter welcoming another new member to ODHFS. Lee Williams, originally from Blackstone and most recently retired from Chesterfield County Fire, has joined us.
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A fire truck that raced to the Hindenburg disaster is now parked in a Chesterfield barn.https://www.wtvr.com/waynes-world/hindenburg-fire-truck Tom Herman is a collector with an addiction. The list of Herman's collectibles spans a 120-page inventory and includes badges, helmets, fire alarms, and...
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Plan Ahead and Save the Date! April 29, 2022More Details also posted on our Events Calendar Page!
Sunday, April 10th, 2022
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On Sunday 4/10, Tom Herman & Jerry Fisher had the Colonial Heights twin Maxim pumpers on display at Small Funeral Home in Colonial Heights, Va. to honor ODHFS member & Lifetime member of CHVFD, Lloyd Goddard.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
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ODHFS Central Region Members;First I want to welcome four new members to ODHFS and our region: Donald Root from Ashland, VAJoel Willis from Palmyra, VAMichael Wade from Ashland, VALawrence Peoples from the southern part of our region in Louisburg, NCI'm sorry I was not able to attend the Annual...
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
I want to welcome 3 new members:Johanna Schmersal Chad FisherLeroy Fowler All three are members of the Va Fire Museum and have extensive emergency services backgrounds. Please be sure to welcome them. A few events coming up include:Apr 2 - Annual meeting Keystone Tractor Museum Apr 29 - Winchester M...
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
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ODHFS member Herb Delbridge and his “PURPLE HEART TRUCK” were on display at MISSION BBQ on March 29, 2022 to commemorate the National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Mr. Delbridge created this truck to honor all US War veterans.
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On March 19, 2022, The Petersburg Fire Department held a commemoration Memorial Service for a LODD that they suffered exactly 40 years ago. Sgt. Mike Goff was killed in a building collapse during a multiple alarm fire.
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ODHFS Central Region Members;As detailed below, there are two events coming up in the Central Region soon. First the pride/polish/Central Region get together that will be at the Keystone Museum on March 12.
Sunday, February 20th, 2022
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Good afternoon! Spring is right around the corner. It’s time to get the trucks running Check your fluids, especially brakes for any leaks. Check tires, and all of your mechanicals.Truck show season will be here before you know it.
Sunday, February 13th, 2022
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ODHFS Central Region Members;As usual, my first order of business each month is to correct something I wrote in the previous month's newsletter.Last month I forgot to welcome two new members who joined us in December, Joe Brice from North Chesterfield and Eric Broughton from Chester.
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President Tom Herman recently spoke with Mrs. Herbert Delbridge, owners of the “PURPLE HEART” fire truck. We found out that Herb had been ill and was in the hospital, but had no details. Herb suffered a debilitating stroke and not long after, his wife became ill and had a stay in the hos...
Sunday, January 30th, 2022
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long time ODHFS member Rusty Davis. Rusty joined ODHFS 12/1/87. Rusty has been an avid supporter of ODHFS working in various positions and helping many with his expert mechanical knowledge.
Sunday, January 16th, 2022
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As we wind down this holiday season I hope that everyone had a nice Christmas and Happy New Year! It seems like we just can’t get a break from this Covid stuff because everyone you talk to either has it, had it or knows someone that has it.
Saturday, January 8th, 2022
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The ODHFS regrets to announce the passing of Northern Region member Bruce Harding, an active and long time member of the ODHFS. The family is working on arrangements now and we will pass along that information as it becomes available.
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ODHFS Central Region Members;Is it Happy New Year or is it Groundhog Day/Year? Last January I was massaging my arm where I had received my first Covid shot thinking the mess would be over soon. This January I just ordered another box of N-95 masks.
Sunday, November 7th, 2021
ODHFS Central Region Members: Despite the threatening weather that kept about 1/2 of the registered vehicles away, we still had a good turnout at the Muster in Farmville on October 9, 2021. While it rained (on me) on the way there and on the way home, other than a very short sprinkle early in the d...
Friday, October 1st, 2021
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President Tom Herman regrets to announce that ODHFS Central region member Jim Hanifer has passed away. Jim had been a member of ODHFS since 2012 and could be seen each July 4th Brandermill parade riding with one of us through the parade.
Monday, August 30th, 2021
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The ODHFS regrets to announce that Northern Region Member James Allison passed away on Wednesday, August 25th. Visitation will be Friday, September 3rd from 3-5pm and 7-9pm at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, VA.
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