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Sunday, February 14th, 2021
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Unfortunately, The ODHFS has lost another member. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Johnnie Ray Blanton of Loris, South Carolina, born in Georgetown, South Carolina, who passed away on February 4, 2021, at the age of 65, leaving to mourn family and friends.
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Good evening all! I hope 2021 is starting out to be a better year for most of you as compared to 2020. As I sit here writing to you all, I am saddened to the fact that more and more events keep getting cancelled for this year.
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ODHFS Northern Region NewsletterFebruary 2021Recent Member News:No activity has been reported for the month of January.Apple Blossom News:We have an event! Saturday May 1st, from 10 AM until 3 PM at the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester, VA.
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ODHFS Central Region Members;Unfortunately this month's newsletter has just as much bad news as good news. The Coronavirus and time continues to cause havoc in our Country, our Commonwealth, our organization, and with our friends and relatives.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
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Regional Newsletters that were sent out in December 2020: 1) Click here for the December 2020 - ODHFS Northern Region Newsletter 2) Click here for the December 2020 - ODHFS Central Region Newsletter3) The ODHFS Western Region Update from Rob Fariss follows: "I hope everyone is doing ok.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
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The National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) includes the National Fire Heritage Archives, The National Fire Museum System, and the National Fire Heritage Foundation. These organizations within the Center are 501 (c)3 nonprofit organizations, all working to preserve the history of "fire in ...
Monday, December 14th, 2020
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ODHFS Treasurer George Mills shared this map of the Fire Museums of the World.Check the map the next time you travel to see if there are any sites worth checking out near your destination or along the way to or from your destination.Click here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1GFnusvvIj-6gk...
Sunday, November 1st, 2020
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ODHFS Northern Region NewsletterNovember 2020Recent Member News:The major Northern Region news for this month is we are now on ZOOM! We found the need to have Apple Blossom Committee meetings this way due to COVID restrictions and the distance of some of our members’ location.
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We are very sad to announce the passing of a former ODHFS member, Paige Bishop. Paige joined ODHFS April 15, 1981 and maintained his membership until 2004.Paige lived in Powhatan County and owned an X City of Richmond, 1940 GMC/Pirsch Hose Wagon.
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Congratulations to ODHFS Eastern Region Member Dennis Keane who has been recognized with an EMS Lifetime Achievement Award from Tidewater EMS Council! CHESAPEAKE, Va. - For first time, Tidewater EMS awards 2 people with Lifetime Achievement Every year, the Tidewater EMS Council celebrates regional ...
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Recent Member News:Fairfax City Drive Around Parade:Jim Larson and Squrt 2 plus three more vehicles from his car collection to help with the 30 vehicle, 32-mile, 3-hour drive around Fairfax City neighborhoods.
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ODHFS President Tom Herman is sad to announce the passing of former ODHFS Central Region Director and Life Member, Jay Harry Tesh.Harry was featured in the last issue of “The Torchbearer” announcing that he had been awarded “LIFE” membership in the ODHFS.
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It was short notice and not planned out in advance but a small group of Central Region members were able to pull together a small cruise-in on Saturday evening, Oct. 3, 2020 to recognize "Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters" as promoted by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (N...
Monday, September 7th, 2020
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ODHFS Central Region Members;Well, it's another month down in this crazy year and another month of cancellations of many of the events our club normally participates in. There are a few events in the region that as of today are still on and I have been made aware of a few new ones.
David Gantt, ODHFS Northern Region Director, shares the ODHFS Northern Region News for August 2020.
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Good Morning! Just wanted to give an update on the Western Region happenings. First of all I want to welcome our newest members Matt Holbrook, Paul Swafford, Darryl Thompson, and Thomas West. Welcome to the group.
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Central Region Members;First I want to welcome our newest members in the region, Frances and David DeJan who live in Richmond. They do not own any apparatus but have a strong interest in the fire service, especially Richmond Fire Department since Frances's grandfather was a Firefighter there i...
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Recent News: No event news to report this month. Linda and I did try to do a drive thru B-Day Party but our truck decided it didn’t want to. Currently under repair at Gantt’s Garage.If you attend any event, please don’t forget to send an e-mail to me or Mike Sanders , pictures a...
Friday, July 3rd, 2020
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The ODHFS regrets to announce that ODHFS Member and retired Fairfax County (VA) Battalion Chief and past Retirement Association President Hartley "Chip" Rollison passed away on July 1st with his family by his side.
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On The morning of Tuesday, May26, 2020, one of our longtime and avid members, Richard (Smitty) Smith, of Broad Run, Va. unexpectedly passed. Richard Joined ODHFS July 1, 1982. At this time, there are no plans for services.
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