by Diana Cook
In December of 2011, the Enterprise Fire Company conducted their yearly elections and followed election of officers with the Department’s traditional annual installation dinner early in the year.
Elected as executive officer positions this year were Robert Dalton as president, David Oney as vice president, Jason Connolly as recording secretary, Paul Vickery, corresponding secretary, with Robbilynn Mason as treasurer and Nicole VanDyke as assistant treasurer. Ed Mason was elected to a four year term on the department’s board of directors.
The selection of chief went to John DelaHunt, with Robert Kingsley and John McDonald chosen as first and second deputy chiefs. Ed Mason, Scott Doody and Scott Smith were elected to positions as captains, and Clark Sponable, Dan Dunn and Keith Lyboult were put in place as lieutenants. Tom Jaquay was installed as Equipment Officer.
In addition to the swearing in of the new officers several annual awards were presented, as well as awards handed out for “Years of Service”. Eric Shaffer was named Firefighter of the Year, Pete Marsenison was presented as Volunteer of the Year, and Dave Hanford selected as EMS Person of the Year. Roy Morgan was honored for 55 years of service, Robert Kingsley Jr. for his 30 years of service, with Steve Pierce logging 15 years to the department, along with Jeff Isbell at 10 years of service.
The special award was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Ken Gleason of Phoenix by the officers and members of the Enterprise Fire Company No. 1 for their heroic effort in alerting and assisting two family members from their burning home on March 31, 2011. Mr. and Mrs. Gleason passed by a residence and noticed what appeared to be heavy smoke coming from a chimney. They noticed that it didn’t appear normal so they took the time to look further and subsequently noticed that the attic of the home was fully engulfed in flames. They then alerted the homeowners and with some convincing were finally able to get the occupants out of the structure. One homeowner was asleep on the second floor directly under the engulfed area. Upon arrival of fire department units Gleason, who is a career firefighter with the City of Fulton, then utilized his knowledge and skill to assist the arriving units with a size up of the situation and establishment of a water supply for firefighting operations.