Roll to­gether

Fire de­part­ments wrap con­ven­tion with ride through Schuylkill Haven

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By AMY MARCHI­ANO Staff Writer

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — A fire chief from the western part of Penn­syl­va­nia who at­tended the 63rd an­nual Schuylkill County Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers Con­ven­tion pa­rade was im­pressed with what he saw.

“This is the one to come to. Schuylkill County al­ways seems to get a good turnout for their pa­rades,” Wil­liam C. Hardy, 35, of Larimer Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment Sta­tion 1, Larimer, West­more­land County, said Satur­day.

Hardy watched the pa­rade with his fam­ily on East Main Street.

“Daddy, look at the wagon,” his son, Wil­liam D. Hardy, 4, said as an an­tique pull wagon rolled by them.

Hardy has been to 12 pa­rades this year, and pre­vi­ously he has at­tended the con­ven­tion pa­rades in Min­ersville and Tre­mont.

Schuylkill Hose Com­pany No. 2 hosted this year’s con­ven­tion. The week­long event be­gan last Sun­day with a church ser­vice at First United Church of Christ.

Tony Blazek, Bal­ti­more, Mary­land, said he loved com­ing to these events.

“I have to take pic­tures of the old stuff. I love it,” he said.

Blazek was one of many peo­ple who lined the bor­ough’s streets to watch the pro­ces­sion of fire trucks and ap­pa­ra­tus rep­re­sent­ing fire de­part­ments through­out Schuylkill County and sur­round­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing Berks, Dauphin, York and Northum­ber­land coun­ties. Other par­tic­i­pants in­cluded elected of­fi­cials and march­ing bands.

Chad Hase­nauer, Schuylkill Hose as­sis­tant chief, said there were about 180 en­tries, of which 130 were fire ap­pa­ra­tus. Awards were handed out in 52 cat­e­gories.

Glenn Sat­ti­zahn, 66, a mem­ber of Schuylkill Hose Com­pany No. 2, was the pa­rade’s grand mar­shal.

“You couldn’t ask for bet­ter weather,” he said.

John Wag­ner, a fire­fighter with Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Com­pany No. 1, said Schuylkill Hose did a good job with the con­ven­tion. Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Com­pany had four ap­pa­ra­tus in the pa­rade — two fire trucks, a tanker and a brush truck.

Schuylkill County Com­mis­sioner Gary Hess, who lives in Schuylkill Haven, said the day was one to “show­case what we have here in Schuylkill County. Great peo­ple keep­ing the peo­ple of Schuylkill County safe.”

State Rep. Mike Tobash, R-125, Pottsville, said the day was one to cel­e­brate.

“These are the guys who get up at 4 a.m. when the fire whis­tle goes off,” he said, adding they should be com­mended for their ded­i­ca­tion.

Pine Grove Hose, Hook & Lad­der Fire Com­pany No. 1 will host the con­ven­tion next year, which is slated for Aug. 19 to 25.

Zachary Siegel, Or­wigs­burg, waves ex­cit­edly to the pass­ing fire trucks Satur­day dur­ing the 63rd an­nual Schuylkill County Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers Con­ven­tion pa­rade in Schuylkill Haven.

Fire Chief Dave Sat­ti­zahn marches with Hose, Hook & Lad­der Com­pany No. 1, Pine Grove.

Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Com­pany No. 1 fire trucks line the street Satur­day be­fore the 63rd an­nual Schuylkill County Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers Con­ven­tion pa­rade in Schuylkill Haven.

A stormtrooper from “Star Wars” stands atop a Cit­i­zens Fire Com­pany fire truck dur­ing the pa­rade. Cit­i­zens Fire Com­pany is based out of Ma­hanoy City.

The Belved­eres Alumni Drum and Bu­gle Corps, based out of Schuylkill Haven, march in the pa­rade.

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