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2011 ANNUAL APPRECIATION BANQUET
Saturday, December 17, 2011 
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The company held its annual Appreciation Banquet on Saturday evening December 17.  The banquet is the company’s way to thank its many members, members of the ladies auxiliary and guest for their help during the past year.  The evening began with cocktails, followed by dinner served by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Townsend Vol. Fire Co. Dinner was followed by the program portion of the evening with several awards being presented to the members of the company and auxiliary.  Also outgoing President Pridemore was present with his Past Presidents ring and several other gifts. Outgoing Chief Carrow was present with a gift from the line officers for his years of service.  The ladies Auxiliary honored outgoing President Scotton with a gift for her 10 years of service as president.  The night was followed by a dance featuring the band The Mix.  The company would like to thank the crews from Hartly (for the rescue crew), and Harrington (for the Engine & Ladder crew) for covering our first due for the night. 


 
   
   
 
SMOKE DETECTOR ALERTS SLEEPING FAMILY TO FIRE
Saturday, December 17, 2011 
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An early Saturday morning house fire sent to occupants to the local hospital. Saturday morning at 7:21 Sta 45 and Rescue Co 43 were dispatched to a house fire at 1931 Bryn Zion Rd. Responding units were advised the caller was reporting her house filling with smoke. Engine 45-3 w/4, Capt. Johnson arrived took the first due engine assignment and reported a one story single family dwelling with smoke showing and requested the working fire upgrade adding Sta 51 for the RIT, and Tanker Company, Amb 64 and KM6. Quint 45w/5, Past Chief Davis and Rescue 43 arrived together with Rescue 43 being assigned a primary search and Quint 45 being assigned ventilation. Rescue 45 w/6. FF Pridemore arrived and assisted units on scene. After completing their primary search Rescue 43 and Sta 51 units that were enroute were re-directed to a working house fire in Sta 43’s first due. The crew from 45-3 was able to quickly locate the fire in the laundry room and extinguished same. Command placed the scene under control at 7:40 holding Sta 45 units. The fire was contained to the dryer in the laundry room. An adult female and a child living in the residence were transported to Bay Health Medical Center with smoke inhalation. The fire is under investigation by the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire was confined to the dryer with smoke damage throughout the house. The last Sta 45 unit was back in quarters by 08:29. Clayton had 40 members respond to the call. Units responding Engines 45-3, 45-4, 43-2, 51-3, Quint 45, Rescue 45, FM13 (Schad).


 
   
   
 
SMOKE COMING FROM RESIDENCE TURNS OUT TO BE UNATTENDED COOKING
Friday, December 16, 2011 
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Friday night at 21:09 Sta 45 and Sta 44 for the ladder company were dispatched for the house fire 59 Huntington Dr. in Huntington Mills. Responding units were advised that the caller was reporting her stove on fire with smoke in the residence. Command 45 w/Chief Carrow arrived and reported smoke showing from side A and requested the working fire upgrade adding Rescue 44, Sta 26 for the RIT, Amb 64, and KM6. Engine 45-3 w/6, Asst. Chief Davis arrived and took the first engine assignment. Quint 45 w/5, Lt. Jones and Ladder 44 arrived together and were assigned ventilation. Rescue 45 w/6, Past Chief Hurlock, Engine 45-4 w/6 FF Dutton and Engine 44-3 arrived and staged just prior to the scene. Crews quickly located the fire on the stove top and reported under control at 21:19. Command placed the scene under control and held Sta 45 units.  Fire was confined to the stove top with moderate smoke throughout the house. The last Sta 45 unit was back in quarters at 21:44. Clayton had 33 members respond on the call Units responding Command 45, Engines 45-3, 45-4, 44-3, 26-2, Quint 45, Ladder 44, Rescue 45 & 26, FM13 (Schad), Clayton PD.


 
   
   
 
MEMBER PROFILE JOHN W. DAVIS SR
Thursday, December 15, 2011
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     John W. Davis Sr. or Jack as he is known joined the fire company in October 1963.  He will be celebrating 50 years in the fire service in 2013. During those years Jack has always been very active serving in several offices and committee’s. Jack has held theoffices of Secretary, Director of Finance, Director of Building & Grounds and has severed the last several years as the President of the fire company’s Holding Company which manages the several properties that the fire company owns.  

     During his years of service Jack has received several awards including; Clayton Fire Company Member of the Month, Clayton fire Company Fireman of the Year, and the Kent County Fire Police of the Year. Jack lists his most memorable event during his fire service career of being awarded Fireman of the Year from the Fire Company and Fire Policeman of the Year from the Kent County Fire Police Association. 

     When he is not busy at the firehouse Jack lists his hobbies as; hunting, he is an excellent carpenter and enjoys his Haflinger Horses. He is also a member of the Mid Atlantic Haflinger Association, National Haflinger Registry, and the NRA.       Not only is Jack active in the fire company but also are several members of his family; his wife Georgia has been a active member of the Ladies Auxiliary and will be its incoming President for 2012. His oldest son John W. “Wes” Davis Jr. is an active member and a Past Chief of the Company. Two of Jacks 3 grand children are also active in the fire company; Sarah is a active firefighter while John W. “Jack” Davis III recently joined the company as a junior member. He also has another grand daughter Andrea and a son Vincent who are not members of the fire company.    

 
John W. Davis Sr
    John W. Davis Sr
 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO MEMBERS
Thursday, December 15, 2011 
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The fire company will be switching access to the firehouse from standard keys to a card key and fob system in the January 2012. With that we will also be doing away with our yearly membership cards and incorporate our membership card information onto the key card system. To complete this we will need to take each members photo for the ID/membership card system. Recently we held several sessions where we took members pictures. We will be scheduling at least one more session most likely the night of the company meeting in January 2012. If you have not had your picture taken please make arrangements to be here on that evening. Members who fail to have their picture taken will not be issued their card key/ID card. Please check back to this article for future sessions and for the start date of the new system.        


 
 
SANTA CLAUS TO MAKE HIS ANNUAL VISIT TO THE FAMILIES OF CLAYTON
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Once again this year Santa will make his annual Christmas Eve visit to the boys and girls of Clayton. Santa who will be assisted by his elf’s (the firefighters) will make his trip around town on one of the company’s apparatus. Santa will begin his trip at 5:30pm and will not stop until every child in town has had a chance to see him. The elf’s will also have a small gift from Santa for each of the kids. Santa has been making this annual trip every Christmas Eve since the mid 60’s and has only missed one year when a snow storm struck the area making travel impossible. Every other year regardless of the weather, pouring rain, snow, sleet or even one year when the wind chill was close to 20 degrees below zero, the jolly ole man has made his trip.      


 
   
 
MEN AND LADIES OFFICERS FOR 2012 INSTALLED
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 
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During the regular monthly meeting in November the company held its election and a joint installation of officers with the ladies. Over 100 members of both organizations attended the event. The ladies auxiliary officers for 2012 were installed by out going President Nancy Scotton. The company administrative officers were installed by DVFA Past President and Clayton Past Chief Kevin L. Wilson. The company fire line officers were installed by Kent County Fire Chiefs Assoc. Past Pres. and Clayton Past Chief David J. Mast & Clayton Past Chief Thomas Ruppert. The company would like to congratulate all the incoming officers for 2012 and wish them success in the up coming year. 

The Ladies Auxiliary Officers for 2012 are; President Georgia Davis, Vice President Tammy Faulkner, Secretary Margo Orlando, Treasurer Danielle Lamborn, Financial Secretary Christiana McKeown, Asst. Treasurer Sharon Staats, Asst. Secretary Kim Pridemore The administrative officers for 2011 are: President Nick Sawyer, Vice President John M. Pridemore, Secretary Robert Faulkner, Treasurer Harvey W. Scott III, Directors James J. Hurlock, Gary A. Faulkner, Cheryl Hurlock, Asst. Secretary Kenneth A. Virdin Jr., Asst. Treasurer W. Steven Hudson, and Personnel Officer Cindy Scott. The Fire Line Officers for 2012 are; Fire Chief James R. Johnson, Deputy Chief Robert J. Lightcap, 1st Asst. Chief Robert J. Davis, 2nd Asst. Chief Michael S. Lucas, Captain Joseph Jones, Lieutenant Alex Carrow, Lieutenant Kevin Crews, Lieutenant Tim Conrad, Safety Officer Rodney W. Whalen, Chief Engineer Roland Timmons, Support Officers; Crews Leaders Aaron Robinson, Dylan Chambers, Fire Recorder Noah Williams, Asst. Ems Officer David Carroll, PIO Kevin L. Wilson.     

 
2011 Board of Directors
    2011 Board of Directors
2011 Fire Police
    2011 Fire Police
 
LOCKE NAMED MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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During the regular monthly meeting Pres. Pridemore named Richard W. Locke as member of the month for November 2011.  During the month of November Locke attended the following;  16 alarms, a fund rasing event, in service drill, and the company meeting for a total of 21 points.  Richard accumilated 197 points for the year.  The officers would like to thank Richard for his dedication and service.


 
   
 
NEW ADDITIONAL TO CLAYTON FIRE COMPANY FAMILY
Friday, December 9, 2011
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The company has added yet another member to the family with the birth of Mackenzie Lynn Rife first child of Kenny & Meggan Rife.  Mackenzie was born on Friday evening Dec 9, 2011 @ 7:04pm @ Bay Health Medical Center in Dover.  Mackenzie Lynn weighted in at 8Lbs 2 oz and was 20 1/2" long.  Mom and baby are resting comfortably, dad is a nervous wreck after a grueling labor and delivery.  Best of luck to Kenny, Meggan and baby McKenzie.


 
Mackenzie Lynn Rife
    Mackenzie Lynn Rife
 
COMPANY MOURNS THE PASSING LIFE MEMBER JAMES E. TURNER JR.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
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The Clayton Fire Company is morning the passing of Life Member James E. Turner, Jr.  James E. "Jimmy" Turner, Jr. of Dover, DE, formerly of Smyrna, De passed away on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Westminster Village in Dover, DE.  He was 89.  Mr. Turner was born August 6, 1922 in Providence, RI, the son of the late James E. Turner, Sr. and Madeline A. Kinnamon Turner. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy during WWII and the Delaware National Guard thereafter retiring as a Lt. Col. James retired in 1967 after 20 years of service as a Captain in the Delaware State Police. He also worked as a Field Representative for the Delaware Safety Council for 17 years. Mr. Turner was a Lifelong Communicant of St. Peters Episcopal Church of Smyrna as well as a Life Member of Citizens Hose and Clayton Fire Companies.   Jimmy was a member of the Harmony Lodge #13 AF&AM, a Life Member and a Past President of the Association Retired Delaware State Police, member of the Lions Club, American Legion Post #14, of Smyrna, and the VFW Post #8801 of Clayton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence Hopkins Turner in 1977; his second wife, Elaine Senger Turner in 1994; and a son, Stephen H. Turner in 1972. He is survived by a son, James E. "Jamie" Turner, III and his wife Deborah of Smyrna, DE; a daughter, Melanie T. "Muff" Meyers of Hartly, DE; 4 grandchildren, Alana, Kimberly, George, and Katelyn; and 2 great grandchildren, Keegan and Madelyn. He is also survived by his son-in-law, George; step-children, Marianne Colbert, William Pusey, Jr., Dean Pusey, and Cindy Stonebraker.   Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, December 5, 2011 from 6 to 8pm at the Faries Funeral Chapel, located at 29 S. Main St., Smyrna. Services will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 12 noon in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located at 22 North Union St., Smyrna, DE.  Burial will be in St. Peter's Episcopal Cemetery in Smyrna at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Delaware State Police Museum, PO Box 430, Dover, DE 19903, or to Compassionate Care Hospice 702-B Kirkwood Hwy. Wilmington, DE 19805.  Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com.

   

 
James E. Turner, Jr.
    James E. Turner, Jr.
 
Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 4, 2011 
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Another successful year of Breakfast with Santa! Thanks to all that helped.....we had about 150 kids that told Santa what they wanted for Christmas!!


 
Breakfast with Santa
    Breakfast with Santa
Working hard to get breakfast ready....
    Working hard to get breakfast ready....
 
CLAYTON AND HARRINGTON DO BATTLE IN ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS FLAG FOOTBALL GAME
Saturday, December 3, 2011 
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Under a bright sunny sky members of the Clayton and Harrington fire companies did battle at the annual Toys for Tots Flag Football game.  By the end of the afternoon the volunteers from Clayton came out on top by a score of 54 to 7.  The real winners were the kids that will benefit from toys that were collected.  Just over 5 large cartons of toys were collected at the gate from people attending the game.  There was also a visit by the Miller Light Girls to help collect toys.  A special thank you to all of the following; the Smyrna School District for the use of football field and field house, the Marines Toys for Tots program, the referee's and Capt. Larry who sponsored the referee's, the Miller Light Girls, announcer Dave Letterman,   A very big thank you to the members of the Harrington Fire Co.   Special thank you to Ron Charest of www.loosecanonsphotography.com for additional photos.


 
Harrington & Clayton Fire Co. players
    Harrington & Clayton Fire Co. players
Clayton Fire Co. football team.
    Clayton Fire Co. football team.
 
COMPANY CONDUCTS CONTROL BURNING OF VACANT HOUSE
Saturday, November 26, 2011 
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Early Saturday morning the company conducted a control burn of a vacant house on Harvey Straughn Rd.  The control burning is a great chance for young members to get some good training and hose handling.  The company was assisted by a Engine and tanker from Townsend Fire Co. The house took a total of 13 minutes from when the fire was ignited til when it collapsed.  Clayton had 4 units with 34 members attending the control burning.  Units involved Command 45, Brush 45, Engines 45-4, 26-3, Rescue 45, Quint 45, Tanker 26, Sta 45 fire police


 
   
   
 
MEMBER PROFILE J. WALLACE HUDSON
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 
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J. Wallace Hudson or Wally as he is known around the firehouse is 86 years old and still very active to the day. Wally joined the Clayton Fire Company in 1968 after doing stints in the Singerly Fire Co. of Elkton Md and Millington Vol. Fire Co. Wally currently is a fire policeman with the company. Wally has always been very active in everything he undertakes and the fire service was no different. After moving to the area he immediately became active in the fire company. Through the years he has held many jobs and positions. He has been a fire policeman since the mid 70’s, has held the offices of President, Vice President, Director of Equipment, Director of Finance and has served on numerous committees. He has received numerous awards through the years. He has twice been award the Fireman of the Year Award for the company, the Kent County Fire Policeman of the Year, State of Delaware Fire Policeman of the Year Award, Kent County Fireman of the Year Award, DVFA Fireman of the Year Award, Millington Vol. Fire Co. Fireman of the Year Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service. Wally list his most memorable event in his fire service career as when he received his award for responding to his 5000th alarm. Wally was not only very involved in the fire service but spent many years as the Scout Master for his local Boy Scout Troop. He lists his hobbies as working with any type of puzzles. Not only has Wally been an active member of the volunteer service but so has his family. His wife of 62 years Bertha is a Life Member and is very active in the Ladies Auxiliary. Wally and Bertha have 3 sons; Steve is a Life Member and Past President of the fire company, Mark is a Life Member of the fire company, he also has a son Barry who is not affiliated with the fire company. Wally has 2 grandchildren; Amanda is the daughter of Barry and Chris is the son of Steve and is also the Current President of the Citizens Hose Co. of Smyrna. The officers and members would like to thank Wally for his years of dedicated service to the community.

 

 
   
   
 
Truck Company Training
Monday, November 21, 2011 
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Truck Company and ladder training was held at the Masten building Monday night.


 
   
   

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