Comptroller Peter Fran­chot hon­ors Hurlock fire­fight­ers

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

— Comptroller Peter Fran­chot vis­ited with the Hurlock Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Mon­day, Jan. 23, and pre­sented the fire­fight- ers with a cer­tifi­cate for their ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Fran­chot said an econ­omy can­not ex­ist with­out emer­gency services and first re­spon­ders.

“This cer­tifi­cate is in cel­e­bra­tion of your first-rate emer­gency ser­vice to the cit­i­zens of the town of Hurlock, by uti­liz­ing trained vol­un­teers to en­sure a safe

en­vi­ron­ment and a rapid re­sponse to lo­cal emer­gen­cies,” he said. “This is with spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion for your con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity, and best wishes for con­tin­ued growth and suc­cess.”

Fran­chot pre­sented Hurlock Fire Chief Ja­son Trego, and Trego’s dad, Frank Trego with comptroller’s medal­lions, given to cit­i­zens, pub­lic of­fi­cials and pub­lic safety he­roes for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in Mary­land. Fran­chot hands out the coins to con­tinue the tra­di­tion be­gun many years ago un­der the late Comptroller Louis L. Gold­stein.

“I want to thank you for ev­ery­thing you have done for Hurlock and the state of Mary­land,” he said. “I’m very grate­ful the town of Hurlock and Dorch­ester County has such a ded­i­cated, tal­ented and heroic fire com­pany.”

Dur­ing his visit, Fran­chot got a look at the com­pany’s gleam­ing, brand-new, cus­tom-built $1 mil­lion lad­der truck. The com­pany’s Tower 6 lad­der truck was ded­i­cated on Oct. 1 to Charles “PopPop” Coul­bourne for his 65 years of still-ac­tive ser vice with the fire com­pany.

The il­lu­mi­nated 102-foot lad­der has self-con­tained breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, wa­ter de­liv­ery sys­tem and dig­i­tal con­trols in the bas­ket and on the truck.

The han­dles are all back­lit, and the roll-up side win­dows are specif­i­cally de­signed so that they won’t swing out and im­pede the move­ment of fire­fight­ers. The wa­ter tank holds 500 gal­lons. Bright LED lights il­lu­mi­nate the en­tire truck, in­clud­ing the back­lit shield panel.

The fire com­pany ob­tained two low in­ter­est loans for 20 and 25 years, one through a mil­i­tary loan and the other was from the USDA.

Lo­cal busi­nesses like Amick Farms, Win Trans­port and Koski Truck­ing also helped sup­port the pur­chase of the tower.

“This wasn’t a one-per­son ef­fort,” Ja­son Trego said. “It was a com­pany ef­fort.

“We could not have done this with­out ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially the town’s sup­port,” he said. “It takes the town’s sup­port for us to do what we do.”

Hurlock Mayor Joyce Spratt said the Hurlock fire­fight­ers are awe­some.

“They are get­ting out of bed at any hour,” she said. “I ap­plaud them every day. I pray every night that they come home safely from all the things they face out there.

“We just came by to­day to tell you all how much we ap­pre­ci­ate your vol­un­teerism,” she said. “Every one of you does a fan­tas­tic job, and I ap­pre­ci­ate your sup­port, and I know the rest of the town does too.”


Comptroller Peter Fran­chot presents a cer­tifi­cate of recog­ni­tion to the Hurlock Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany dur­ing his visit Mon­day, Jan. 23.

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