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ODHFS Western Region Update
Sunday, January 16th, 2022

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. I wish we could go back to pre Covid times but it looks like it might be here for a while. I hope everyone stays healthy.

We have started this year off on a sad note. Longtime member and friend Bruce Harding passed away this week. For those that didn’t know him, Bruce was a kind gentleman who Really enjoyed fire trucks. He had a nice collection but as his health started to deteriorate he began to downsize. He reached out to me last year about maybe making a deal with the Va Fire Museum to purchase a big part of his collection. After traveling to the outskirts of Richmond to view his trucks, we were able to make a deal and the trucks were picked up last August. It was one of his happiest moments for him to see the rigs running again after years of their somber existence. It was also a sad day for him to see 5 trucks that he so very loved leave his possession. They are now part of the Va Fire Museum and will be taken care of forever. We are planning to celebrate his life maybe sometime this Spring. He and I became close friends after that and talked to each other at least weekly just to check in or say Hi.

On a good note the Tennessee chapter is holding a meeting this Saturday near Bristol at one of their members warehouses filled with Firetrucks. What a collection to see. I will send out more info for the ones that might want to go. The meeting is Saturday from 10-3 and lunch is provided. There will be a guest speaker and lots to see and do. Send me a message if interested and I will get you the info.

Rob Fariss, ODHFS Western Region Director - 540-580-8550

ODHFS Western Region Update
Two of Bruce Harding's rigs heading to VFM
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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.
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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
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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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