Myers family records 235 years of service to Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Co.
Four members of the Myers family has served the Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Co. for a collective 235 years.
• Dale Myers, who was a charter member of the fire company, which was formed on Jan. 7, 1952. He has accrued 65 years of service.
• Kathy Myers Robbins, who joined the auxiliary in 1974 and has been an active fire company member since 1985. She has volunteered for 43 years.
• Chet Myers, who joined the fire company in 1953 and has volunteered for 64 years; and
• Mary Myers Eberlin, a charter member of the auxiliary that was formed in April 1954, who has accrued 63 years of service.
Robbins notes that her father, Stanley Myers, and her brother, Edgar Myers, also were charter members of the fire company in 1952 and Tressie Myers, her mother, was a charter member of the auxiliary that formed in 1954.
“There are numerous family relatives of those in (this) picture who are still active in the fire company or auxiliary,” she said.
Robbins’ sister, Eberlin, is married to Robert Eberlin, of the Muncy Valley area. He also was a charter member of the fire company.
30th annual awards banquet held
On April 8, the fire company held its 30th annual awards and appreciation banquet at the Muncy Valley Fire Hall. More than 90 people attended.
Following the invocation by Linda Newman, company President Charlene Ledger welcomed the group, which observed a moment of silence in memory of Joe Newman.
Chief Aaron “Duff” Ledger and Assistant Chief Linwood Myers presented years of service pins to:
• Randy Clayton Jr., 10 years;
• CJ Rine, 15 years;
• Vicki Peterman, 25 years;
• Jeff Peterman, 30 years; and
• Dale Myers, 65 years.
Ledger and Myers presented the Firefighter of the Year Award to Marvin “Murph” Hacker, who has been an active member for 36 years.
Hacker has served as chief, assistant chief, captain, assistant captain, lieutenant, assistant lieutenant and trustee.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Clayton, who joined as a junior firefighter and has been an active member for 10 years. He serves as engineer.
Ledger reported there were 82 fire and rescue calls during 2016. Volunteers gave 900 hours of service on those calls as well as ones for emergency medical services and fundraising events.
The Excellence and Service Award was presented to the state police’s Laporte barracks and was accepted by Joe Longmore.
A new award was created for Lifetime Achievement and was presented to Dale Myers. He is a charter member of the company that was formed in January 1952.
Myers was fire chief for 16 years and has served as second assistant chief, treasurer and relief association president. He has volunteered at numerous fundraising events over the years.
Terry Markee, ambulance captain, gave the Emergency Medical Provider Award” to Tiffany Clayton. She has been an active member since 2011 and is an emergency medical technician.
Markee reported that there were 45 ambulance calls during 2016.