Comptroller Peter Franchot honors Hurlock firefighters
— 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.