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COMPANY PHOTOGRAPHER MIKE CARROLL RECIEVES NATIONAL RECOGINITION FOR PHOTOGRAPH HE TOOK.
Monday, April 1, 2013
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Company photographer Mike Carroll has had one of his pictures he took of two firefighters bailing out a second floor window during a Townsend apartment building fire on the cover of Firehouse Magizine. Mike who is a associate member and photographer for many years with the fire company was shooting pictures the day of the fire in January of this year along with company photographer Gene Shaner.  Gene was on one side of the building while Mike was was on the other side when the two firefighters one from Odessa and one from Townsend had to bail out a second floor window when conditions deteriated rapidly.  Both firefighters made it out ok and seconds after they made it out of the window the room flashed over.  Mike's picture of the firefighters exiting the building made the cover of the April issue while several other pictures made it in the article inside the magizine.  Congratulations to Mike on his recognition.   


 
Cover of April issue of Firehouse Magizine
    Cover of April issue of Firehouse Magizine
 
DISTRICT COVERAGE FOR CAPT LARRY DUHADAWAY SERVICES
Saturday, March 30, 2013 
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The officers and members of the Clayton Fire Company would like to send a special thank you to the crews from Rescue 55 (Magnolia) & Engine 50 (Harrington) for their coverage during the viewing of Capt Larry Duhadaway on Tuesday evening and the crew from Telesquirt 51 (Hartly) and Squirt 30 (Belvedere) for thei coverage during the Funeral for Capt Larry on Saturday.     


 
Rescue 55 & Engine 50 standing by for viewing for capt Larry
    Rescue 55 & Engine 50 standing by for viewing for capt Larry
Squirt 30 & Telesquirt 51 standing by for Funeral for capt Larry
    Squirt 30 & Telesquirt 51 standing by for Funeral for capt Larry
 
COMPANY SAYS GOOD BY TO LIFE MEMBER CAPT. LARRY DUHADAWAY
Saturday, March 30, 2013 
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During the past week the company had two opportunities to say goodby to one of their own.  Lawrence "Capt Larry" Duhadaway Sr. passed away on Thursday March 21.  On Tuesday evening 76 members of the company & 25 members of our Ladies Auxiliary paid their last respects at a viewing for Life Member Capt. Larry Duhadaway that was held at the Clayton firehouse.  Several hundred others also attended the viewing including firefighters from the surround area along with family and friends. 

On Saturday morning 60 members of the company and again members from the surrounding area, family & friends attended a memorial service for Capt Larry.  A procession of fire apparatus and cars then proceeded to his final resting place at the Silver Brook Memorial Park in Wilmington where crossed ladders from Ladder 12 & Ladder 16 were formed.  The officers and members of the Clayton Fire Company would like to thank everyone who attended either service for Capt Larry.   A special thank you to the members of the Citizens Hose Company for their help with the Casket Guards for Capt Larrys viewing and for Ladder 44 that assisted with the cross ladders at the firehouse for both the viewing and memorial service.  Also a special thank you to Christaina Fire Co & Elesmere Fire Co for the crossed ladders at the cemetery, the Wilmington Fire Dept for the memorial bell at the cemetery and to the Clayton Police Dept, Smyrna Police Dept and the City of New Castle Police Dept for the escort and help with traffic for the procession to the cemetery.   Additional photo's courtesy Nevin Steffy.


 
American Flag over entrance to firehouse to honor Capt Larry
    American Flag over entrance to firehouse to honor Capt Larry
Crossed Ladders from Sta 45 & 44 flying American Flag
    Crossed Ladders from Sta 45 & 44 flying American Flag
 
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE DOVER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Thursday, March 28, 2013
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The Dover Fire Department is mourning the passing of 75 year member Herbert E. Abbott 96 of Dover.  Mr. Abbott joined the Dover Fire Department on July 1, 1937 and was very active up into his later years.  Mr. Abbott was a life member, the oldest living member and a icon in the Dover Fire Department.  Services for Mr. Abbott are as follows;  their will be a viewing on Friday evening March 29 from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the Trader Funeral Home 12 Locust St in Dover.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 30 at 11:00am at Dover Station #1 103 S. Governors Ave in Dover.  Internment will be at Sharon Hills Memorial Park on Sharon Hill Rd.  The officers and members of the Clayton fire Company send their thoughts and prayers to the Abbott Family and the Dover Fire Department on their loss.           


 
Herbert E. Abbott
    Herbert E. Abbott
 
COMPANY MOURNS PASSING OF LIFE MEMBER LARRY DUHADAWAY *****CORRECTED FUNERAL ARRAINGEMENTS*****
Thursday, March 21, 2013 
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The Officers and Members of the Clayton Fire Company are mourning the passing of Life Member Lawrence DuHadaway Sr. or Capt Larry as he was known to all.  Capt. Larry passed away Thursday evening at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover.  Capt. Larry had been involved in the fire service for 64 years.  Capt Larry began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Christaina Fire Company and quickly found his calling.  He joined the City of Wilmington Fire Dept in 1950 where he served as a firefighter 1st Class assigned to Engine Company's 6 & 8 until 1958.  He was instrumental in helping establish the Wilmington Fire Department's Marine Rescue Units in its early days including Marine Unit #7.  After leaving the Wilmington Fire Department Capt. Larry stayed busy with several volunteer departments including Christaina Fire Company where he was a Life Member and served as an Assistant Chief Engineer.  After moving to Sussex County Capt. Larry joined the Indian River Fire Company where he served as an Assistant Fire Chief.  In the Mid 1990's Capt Larry moved to his final home in Clayton where he lived until his death.  After joining the Clayton Fire Company.  Capt. Larry quickly became active helping with everything around the firehouse from responding to calls, fund raising, attending parades but more importantly serving as a mentor to the many up and coming young members of the department. Capt. Larry also was a member at one time or another with the Holloway Terrace and the Atena Hose Hook & Ladder of Newark.   Quick with a story Capt. Larry could sit for hours and talk about the good ole days.  Capt Larry retired from his active service in 2011 as his health declined but he was always available for any member who needed a shoulder to learn on or a ear to bend.  Capt Larry served numerious years as a fire policeman until he stepped down in 2011 and was named Honorary Life Fire Policeman for the company in 2011.  He is a prior award winner of the companies Firefighter of the Year Award.  He was a Life member of the company at the time of his death.  For his years of service to the Citizens Hose Company as a fire policemen Capt Larry was named an Honorary Member of the Citizens Hose Company of Smyrna.  Capt Larry was also a member of organizations outside the fire service;  He was a 32 degree Mason with Hiram Lodge #25 -Christaina, served as a councilman for the Town of Clayton.  Capt Larry loved the water most of all, he loved anything with the water and boats and spent years sailing up and down the east coast.  Capt Larry was not the only member of his family to join the fire service .  His son Larry Jr is a Life Member of the Christaina Fire Company, His grandson Larry III (Bub) DuHadway is a member and Past Chief of the Christaina Fire Co. Bub is currently is a paid firefighter in Maryland.  His daughter Holly Sharp is also involved in the fire service. Capt. Larry lived in Clayton with his companion Jan Coulbourne. Arraingements will be posted once the family has completed them.  Please keep Capt Larry, Jan, and the whole DuHadaway family in your thoughts and prayers.        

****Services for Capt. Larry are as follow's: There will be a viewing on Tuesday March 26, 2013 where family and friends can call from 5pm to 9pm in the Clayton Fire Company's William R. "Ace" Carrow Memorial Hall at 214 Railroad Ave. Clayton.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 30, 2013 at the Clayton Fire Company's William R. "Ace" Carrow Memorial Hall starting at 10am.   Burial will be immediately following at Silver Brook Cemetery and Memorial Park at  3300 Lancaster Pike in Wilmington.   This will a fireman's funeral.  Any company wishing to send a piece of equipment to the funeral on Saturday March 30 is to contact Deputy Chief Robert Davis at 302-222-4678.  All Clayton Fire Company members who are planning on attending please be in Class A uniforms and be at the Station on Tuesday night by 18:30 and Saturday by 10:30am.  *********


 
Capt Larry DuHadaway
    Capt Larry DuHadaway
Helping at pre-judging at the conference parade
    Helping at pre-judging at the conference parade
 
MVC CAR INTO STRUCTURE
Saturday, March 16, 2013 
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Saturday morning at 6:33 Sta 45 & Amb 64 were dispatched for the MVC with a vehicle into the structure at 1102 Wheatleys Pond Rd.  Command 45 w/ D/C Davis arrived at 06:39 followed closely by B-64, Chief Davis established command and confirmed the reports.  Rescue 45 w/7, A/C Hurlock, Engine 45-4 w/8, Capt. Harrington and Brush 45 w/4, Lt. Conrad arrived behind the chief.  The crews found a passenger car had traveled through a couple yards jumped a large ditch and had crashed into the corner of the residence causing damage.  The crews began securing the utilities, securing the vehicle and checking for th extent of damage.  The two occupants of the vehicle were transported to Smyrna/Clayton ED with minor injuries.  Crews shored up the corner of the building before the wrecker was able to move the vehicle.  Once the vehicle was moved a further check for additional damage was done prior to units clearing.  Command placed the scene under control at 06:50.  The county building inspector was requested and responded to the scene.  The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 07:34. Clayton had 41 memebrs respond on the call.  D/C Davis had the Wheatleys Pond Rd Command.  Units responding; Command 45, Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, Brush 45, B-64, Sta 45 Fire Police, Kent County Building Inspector, DSP.  


 
   
   
 
WHALEN NAMED MEMBER OF THE MONTHE FOR FEBRUARY
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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During the March company meeting Vice President Shaner and Chief Johnson named Past Chief Rodney Whalen as member of the month of February 2013.  During the month of February Past Chief Whalen attended the following;  11 of 16 alarms, 4 misc events, 4 inservice training classes, 2 company meetings for a total of 27 points for the month.  Past Chief whalen has accumilated a total of 66 points for the year.  Congratulations to Past Chief Whalen for his award.  


 
   
 
TRUCK COMPANY OPS TRAINING
Monday, March 11, 2013 
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The company is in the mist of a 4 week Truck Company Ops class being taught by the DSFS.  The classes will deal with all aspects of truck company operations and is an excellient oportunity for the new members to get the much needed training to further their emergency service careers.  It is also a great chance for the older members to better their skills.  The classes will be 2-3 days a week for the next 3 weeks. 


 
   
   
 
TIME TO CHECK YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS
Thursday, March 7, 2013
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Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.  Since most fatal fires occur at night, its essential that every home have working smoke alarms to provide early warning.  Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50%.  with the approach of daylight savings time this Sunday March 10 at 2:00am The Clayton Fire Company would like to remind every the importance of taking this time to remember to change the batteries and test all smoke detectors in your home.  If you have problems obtaining batteries or if you are in need of a smoke detector contact your closes fire station for help.


 
   
 
MVC WITH ENTRAPMENT
Monday, March 4, 2013 
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Monday Morning at 09:34 Sta 45, Amb 64, KM5, KM9 and Trooper 4 were dispactched for the MVC with a rollover at Longridge Rd & Holletts Corner Rd. Command 45 with A/C Lucas was already in the district and responded immediately.  Units responding were advised the caller reported a vehicle overturned with additional calls reporting a subject trapped.  Rescue 45 w/5, A/C Hurlock, Engine 45-4 w/7, FF N. Sawyer & Brush 45 w/5, FF N. Williams arrived and were to work stabilizing the vehicle and began extrication.  Crews removed the passengers door to remove the victim trapped.  Extrication was completed at 09:56.  A total of 3 patients were transported to KGH by A-64 & B-26, half of KM9 rode with A-64.  Command placed the scene under control at 10:02.  A/C Lucas had the Longridge Rd Command.  The last Clayton unit was back in quarters at 10:24.  Clayton had 29 memebrs respond on the call.  Units responding; Command 45, Rescue 45, Engine 45-4, Brush 45, A-64, B-26, KM5,KM9, Trooper 4, Sta 45 Fire Police.


 
   
   
 
QUINT COVERS DOVER STA #2
Monday, February 18, 2013
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Presidents Day afternoon at 13:47 Sta 45 was dispatched for Quint 45 to cover Dover Fire Department Sta 2 @ 911 Kenton Rd.  Dover Fire units were working a multi residental structual fire with smoke showing in Dover.  Quint 45 w/6, A/C Lucas responded and a few minutes after arriving at Sta 2 was dispatched at 14:12 along with Engine 43-2 for a AFA at 131 W. Loockerman St.  Crews arrived on Loockerman St to find a light smoke condition in the building.  After checking crews found a candle that had been left burning had set off the alarm and put some smoke in the building.  The crew from Quint 45 removed the smoke from the building.  Once cleared the AFA both coverup units were cleared by Command.  Quint 45 was back in quarters at 14:54.  Clayton had 23 members respond on the call.  


 
   
 
MEMBERS ATTEND KENT COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION LADIES NIGHT
Saturday, February 16, 2013 
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On Saturday evening about 20 members of the company and their spouses attended the annual Kent County Volunteer Firefighters Associations Ladies Night at The Felton Fire Company.  This annual event is a opportunity for members from different companies the chance to get together.  The event also is a chance to recognize the Fireman of the year from the county and ladies auxiliary member of the year.  County President John Pridemore (who is also a past president of Clayton) the lead festivities for the night.  After a great dinner served by the Felton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary there was a short program.  During the program the Kent County Ladies Auxiliary recognized Nellie Fox of the Carlisle Fire Company for her years of service to her auxiliary.  Also during the program the Kent County Volunteer Fireman's Association presented the William R. "Ace" Carrow & Morris King Memorial Award to Edward Lewis of the Hartly Vol. Fire Company for his years of service to his company especially to their EMS service.  The officers and memebrs of the Clayton Fire Company would like to congratulate both Ms. Fox and Mr. Lewis on their awards.   


 
Kent County Volunteer Firefighters Assoc
    Kent County Volunteer Firefighters Assoc
Fireman of the Year Edward Lewis of Hartly
    Fireman of the Year Edward Lewis of Hartly
 
MEMBERS WISH KAYS KAMP A HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 
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Back in 2009 the fire company began a friendship with a special group of people called Kays Kamp.  The group was formed to continue the vision of Kaylyn E. Warren who at the young age of 17 was stricken with Leukemia.  Kaylyn had also dreamed of running a Bed & Breakfast but that soon changed to running a summer camp for children suffering from all types of cancer.  realizing how her own cancer had taken some of her childhood away from her she set out to make a place where children with cancer would have a place to enjoy theirself.  In 2009 the very first Kays Kamp was held and Kaylyn's vision came to life at St. Joseph's campus in Clayton.  That first year the Clayton Fire Company help the facility of Kays Kamp in preparing the campus for the first group of kids and stopped by several times during the camp to check in on everyone.  With this year being the 5th Birthday of Kays Kamp the Advisory Board of kays Kamp were preparing a video to be shown at their up coming events.  Know that the fire company had played a part in the first year the group from Kays Kamp came back to the Clayton firehouse to ask the fire company to wish Kays Kamp a happy birthday.  The members gathered at the meeting for a few moments for the group to send Kays Kamp a very special Happy Birthday.  On behalf of the officers and members of the Clayton Fire Company we would like to wish Kays Kamp a Happy 5th Birthday and wish them continued success in years to come.  The people and children of Kays Kamp will also hold a very special place in the hearts of the members of the Clayton Fire Company.


 
   
   
 
TOWN OF CLAYTON RECOGNIZES WALLY HUDSON FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE AS FIRE POLICE
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 
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During the regular company meeting in February the company paused for a moment to allow the past and current officals of the Town of Clayton the opportunity to recognize Fire Police Emeritus Wally Hudson for his 41 years of service as a fire policeman for the Clayton area.  Many of those years Wally helped the Town of Clayton Police with traffic details around town.  During the presentation Wally was given a resolution from the Clayton Town Council along with a gift.  Present for the presentation were; Current Mayor Tom Horn, and Councilmen David Letterman, Robert Lightcap, and Police Chief Brian Hill along with former Mayor Robert Berghorn and former Councilmen Rodney Whalen and Michael Harrington.  Congratulations to Wally for his years of service to the community. 


 
Gift being presented to Wally by Mayor Horn
    Gift being presented to Wally by Mayor Horn
Mayor Horn presenting resolution to Wally
    Mayor Horn presenting resolution to Wally
 
ANNUAL SERVICE AWARDS
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 
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During the February monthly meeting Pres. Sawyer and Chief Johnson handed out the Annual Service Awards for the company.  The officers and members would like to congratulate all the members for their recognition and dedciated service.

Years of Service;  5 years service-Sheri campbell, Jason Carletti, Dylan Chambers, Sarah Davis, Charles Demczak, Claude Porterfield, Kim Pridemore, Noah Williams. 10 years service-Jason Carroll, Alex Carrow, Allen Thompson,  15 years service-Brian Mast, Joseph Masten, Harvey Scott IV, Travis Warren. 20 years service - Ron augustine, Randy Johnson, Wade Mcnatt, Carlton Thompson. 25 years service- Walter Lamon, Joseph O'Neal. 30 years service- Marc Gray. 35 years service- Vernon Berghorn. 40 years service- Richard A. Chase Sr., Joseph Hill, Charles Melvin, Doald Ogden. 45 years service- Austin Carey, William Carey 50 years service-John W. Davis Sr. 

Alarm Attendeance Awards; 6000 alarms- Vernon Berghorn, 5500 alarms- Wiliam R. Carrow II, 2500 alarms-Brian Johnson, Robert Hoffecker. 2000 alarms - Alex Carrow. 1000 alarms - Dylans Chambers, Michael W. Harrington, 500 alarms-Stephen Marynowicz.

Top Fire Responders for 2012; 1. Alex Carrow 205 alarms, 2. Skip Carrow 203 alarms, 3. Wally Hudson 195 alarms 4.Roland Timmons 190 alarms, 5. Vernon Berghorn 188 alarms, 6. Dylan Chambers 177 alarms, 7. Gary Faulkner 174 alarms, 8. Mike Harrington 171 alarms, 8.Jeff Hurlock  171 alarms, 9. Robert Davis 169 alarms, 9. Sarah Davis 169 alarms. 


 
Top Alarms Responders
    Top Alarms Responders
5 Years Service Award
    5 Years Service Award

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