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Springville Volunteer Fire Department holds annual installation dinner

I DO SWEAR — Springville Mayor William Krebs is pictured, swearing in the Springville Volunteer Fire Department line officers. Pictured, from left: Chief Dennis Dains, First Assistant Chief Michael Cochran, Second Assistant Chief David Klenk, Third Assistant Chief Brian Benstead, Fourth Assistant Chief John Narraway, Fire Lieutenant Phil Drozd, Fire Lieutenant Robert Schueler and Krebs. Not pictured: Fire Captain Paul Smith. Photos by Jessie Owen.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Volunteer Fire Department held its annual installation dinner, while commemorating its 130th anniversary, on Jan. 26.

The event was catered by Holland Willows and music was provided by TNT Soundsystems.
President Wayne Kreitzbender opened the evening, by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Father Joseph Bayne led those present in an invocation, before dinner was served.

Board of Directors Member Michael Cochran introduced guests to the event. In attendance were members of the Sardinia, West Valley, Mortons Corners and East Concord fire departments and representatives from the Springville Control Center, village of Springville, town of Concord, Erie County Sheriff’s Department, auxiliary department and Erie County Fire Department.

Springville Mayor William Krebs swore in the company’s 2013 officers. He thanked all of those involved with the fire company, adding, “You have a tremendous responsibility. We rely on you as professionally-trained responders. You respond, without any warning. You put your lives at risk. That separates you from other volunteers and makes you very special.”

Krebs swore in the line officers, including Chief Dennis Dains, First Assistant Chief Michael Cochran, Second Assistant Chief David Klenk, Third Assistant Chief Brian Benstead, Fourth Assistant Chief John Narraway, Fire Captain Paul Smith, Fire Lieutenant Phil Drozd and Fire Lieutenant Robert Schueler.
Also installed were Chaplain Jim Jozwiak, Assistant Chaplain Brian Benstead, EMS Administrator Betty Siminski, Fire Police Captain Bill Horn, Fire Police Lieutenant Tom Salzler, Fire Police Lieutenant Charles Skelton and Fire Police Lieutenant John Lipoff.

RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND — Springville Mayor William Krebs is pictured, swearing in the Springville Volunteer Fire Department executive officers. Pictured, from left: President Wayne Kreitzbender, Vice President Leslie Gibbin, Recording Secretary Jim Jozwiak, Treasurer Rosanne Horn, Financial Secretary Tony Hunt, Mike Cochran and Krebs. Photos by Jessie Owen.
Executive officers included Kreitzbender, Vice President Leslie Gibbin, Recording Secretary Jozwiak, Financial Secretary Tony Hunt and Treasurer Rosanne Horn.

HERE TO HELP — Officers in the Springville Firemen’s Auxiliary are pictured, from left: Financial Secretary Carol Joslin, Vice President Audrey Skelton and President Amy Botsford. Not pictured: Secretary Beth Bolt, Treasurer Joan Thompson and Sunshine Betty Rumfola.
Officers of the Springville Firemen’s Auxiliary include President Amy Botsford, Vice President Audrey Skelton, Secretary Beth Bolt, Financial Secretary Carol Joslin, Treasurer Joan Thompson and Sunshine Betty Rumfola. The auxiliary currently has 17 members.

Dains reported that the company responded to 319 alarms in 2012, including 214 EMS calls, 12 structure fires and others. A total of 2,382.71 man hours and 7,540.26 non-incident hours were recorded. “Thanks, to the membership, for your time and energy,” Dains said. He also expressed his gratitude for the companies who respond with mutual aid, as well as to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, the Springville Police Department, Rural/Metro Ambulance, the dispatchers, Krebs and town of Concord Supervisor Gary Eppolito.
Dains announced that the company is planning to replace its Franklin Street station, this year.

GIVING IT THEIR ALL — The Springville Volunteer Fire Company recognized the top 20 responders. Pictured are the top 10, from left: Adam Tillinghast, Dennis Dains, John Narraway, David Klenk, Elizabeth Siminski, Jim Jozwiak, Matt Dygert, Rosanne Horn and James Siminski. Not pictured: Bill Horn.
The top 10 responders are as follows: Klenk, with 105 calls; Michael Wells, with 108; Adam Tillinghast, with 111; Gerald Cohoon, with 115; Marc Gentner, with 120; Dains, with 146; Horn, with 156; Narraway, with 205; Elizabeth Siminski, with 213 and newly-retired James Siminski, with 214.
A TRUE HERO — Fire Chief Dennis Dains (left) presented Second Assistant Chief David Klenk with an outstanding service award, for work with the fire company.
Service pin awards were presented to Tom Salzler, for 40 years; Robert Schueler, for 30 years; Drozd, for 30 years and Skelton, for 30 years.
Klenk, nominated by Jozwiak, was presented with the Outstanding Service Award.

Horn, Narraway and Elizabeth Siminski were named the top three EMS responders.

The department’s “Doody Awards,” which Jozwiak said are presented for either humorous or serious reasons, were handed out to various members of the company.

Botsford presented the department with $1,500, from the auxiliary, “to use as you see fit.” She also presented a plea for new auxiliary members.

Jim Broomfield of TNT presented the fire company with $210, to be used toward purchasing nonslip snow grabbers for each member.
Jozwiak asked all of the company’s present 38 members, 12 life members and 31 exempt members to stand, during the memorial to the deceased firefighters, and said, “The roll has been called and all have answered, except Paul Morley and I. James Oatman.”

Bayne gave the benediction, before the floor was opened up for music and dancing.


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