Fire departments wrap convention with ride through Schuylkill Haven
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.