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Central District

Firefighters of Central Pennsylvania

Corbin Award

LARRY J. CORBIN MEMORIAL AWARD WINNERS.08/04/03 8:20 PM

1980       DAUNTLESS,             EBENSBURG

1981       DUNNSTOWN               LOCK HAVEN

1982       DAUNTLESS               EBENSBURG

1983       EVERETT                 EVERETT

1984       DAUNTLESS               EBENSBURG

1985       NEWTON-WAYNE             NEWTON HAMILTON

1986       NANTY-GLO               NANTY-GLO

1987       DUNNSTOWN               LOCK HAVEN

1988       PHOENIX                 HOLLIDAYSBURG

1989       DAUNTLESS               EBENSBURG

1990       SPANGLER                SPANGLER

1991       SMITHFIELD             HUNTINGDON

1992       SPANGLER                SPANGLER

1993       DAUNTLESS               EBENSBURG

1994       RELIANCE                PHILIPSBURG

1995       UNDINE                  BELLEFONTE

1996       SPANGLER                SPANGLER

1997       DAUNTLESS               EBENSBURG

1998       HUMMELS WHARF             HUMMELS WHARF

1999       CLYMER                  CLYMER

2000       EXCELSIOR               BELLWOOD

2001       CONEMAUGH               CONEMAUGH

2002       FRIENDSHIP             ROARING SPRING

2003       HOPE                    NORTHERN CAMBRIA

2004       DAUNTLESS               EBENSBURG

2005       CITIZEN’S HOSE          LOCK HAVEN

2006       SPANGLER                NORTHERN CAMBRIA

2007       CRESSON                 CRESSON

2008       EXCELSIOR               BELLWOOD

2009      CLYMER                   CLYMER

Cunningham Trophy

WAYNE D. CUNNINGHAM MEMORIAL TROPHY

MISS CONGENIALITY

2005        LINDSEY McCOMBIE           NICKTOWN

2006        REBECCA BECK

2007        BRITTANY SWOPE           `

2008        KAITLYN MAZZAFERRO         SAXTON

2009        MARISSA CALHOUN            ROARING SPRING

Fire Prevention Trophy

FIRE PREVENTION ROVING TROPHY

     Given to the Fire Department that wins first place in the annual Central District Fire Prevention Contest. Award was given to the Central District by Logan Township # 1, Grandview Fire Company and Dauntless Fire Company to help spark interest in more companies to enter the fire prevention contest in 1994

1995

MILTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

MILTON

1996

HOPE FIRE COMPANY # 2

PHILIPSBURG

1997

LOGAN TOWNSHIP # 1 GRANDVIEW

LOGAN TOWNSHIP

1998

MILTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

MILTON

1999

LILLY FIRE COMPANY

LILLY

2000

MILTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

MILTON

2001

WILLING HAND FIRE COMPANY

MONTOURSVILLE

2002

LOGAN TOWNSHIP UNITED FIRE CO.

LOGAN TOWNSHIP

2003

WILLING HAND FIRE COMPANY

MONTOURSVILLE

2004

HUNTINGDON FIRE DEPARTMENT

HUNTINGDON

2005

LOGAN TOWNSHIP UNITED FIRE CO.

LOGAN TOWNSHIP

2006

HUGHSVILLE FIRE COMPANY

HUGHESVILLE

2007

UNION FIRE COMPANY

CARLISLE

2008

HUGHSVILLE FIRE COMPANY

HUGHESVILLE

2009

UNION FIRE COMPANY

CARLISLE

Focht Trophy

LEROY C. FOCHT MEMORIAL TROPHY WINNERS.08/04/03 8:19 PM

1980     JOHN E. BEM HASTINGS

1981    RAY W. RUGH MILTON

1982     ROBERT E. KERNS HOLLIDAYSBURG

1983*     JAMES A. HAHN HOOVERSVILLE

1984     DAVID A. ZEEK HOLLIDAYSBURG

1985     LARRY W. BROWN MIFFLINBURG

1986     CLYDE J. SHEEHAN EBENSBURG

1987     THOMAS A. COULTER GRAMPIAN

1988*     JOEL C. SHAWLEY TYRONE

1989     DONALD P. LINGAFELT HOLLIDAYSBURG

1990     LEONARD E. ALWINE GRANDVIEW

1991     TIMOTHY R. LAUNTZ HUNTINGDON

1992     MELVIN CURTIS, JR. PHILIPSBURG

1993     FRANCIS M. LUTCH SPANGLER

1994*     KIMBER L. SAUTER MONTOURSVILLE

1995*     WAYNE D. CUNNINGHAM HOLLIDAYSBURG

1996     THOMAS E. WHITEFORD BELLWOOD

1997     GERALD D. ROSS STATE COLLEGE

1998     CONNIE A. HOLT BELLEFONTE

1999     STEVE G. UNGER CONEMAUGH

2000 STEPHEN E. WINELAND BEDFORD

2001 DANNY J. MUTH BIG RUN

2002* WILLIAM F. LOWER STATE COLLEGE

2003 DAVID A. KELL UNITED/LOGAN TWP.

2004 BARBARA L. WHITEFORD BELLWOOD

2005 JOSEPH A. LaMANTIA, SR. NANTY GLO

2006 FRANCIS J. LUTCH SPANGLER

2007 PENNY NOVAK GALLITZIN

2008 DANIEL R. EARNEST MIFFLIN

2009 THOMAS I MORGAN GREENWOOD/LOGAN TWP

* DECEASED

Fred Love Trophy

FRED LOVE MEMORIAL TROPHY

     Given to the winner of the Pumping Contest. Presented by Bellefonte in 1998

1998

PATTON FIRE COMPANY

PATTON

1999

PATTON FIRE COMPANY

PATTON

2000

UNDINE FIRE COMPANY # 2

BELLEFONTE

2001

UNDINE FIRE COMPANY # 2

BELLEFONTE

2002

HASTINGS FIRE COMPANY

HASTINGSLILLY

2003

HASTINGS FIRE COMPANY

HASTINGS

2004



2005

HASTINGS FIRE COMPANY

HASTINGS

2006

DAUNTLESS FIRE COMPANY

EBENSBURG

2007

DAUNTLESS FIRE COMPANY

EBENSBURG

2008

CRESSON VOL. FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2009

LAKEMONT VOL FIRE COMPANY

LOGAN TWP

Fred Hoover Trophy

FRED W. HOOVER MEMORIAL TROPHY

     Given to the first place winner in the Battle of the Barrel Contest. Presented by the Bedford Fire Department in 1983.

1983

PATTON FIRE COMPANY

PATTON

1984

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1985

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1986

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1987

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1988

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1989

PATTON FIRE COMPANY

PATTON

1990

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1991

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1992

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1993

4TH WARD HOSE COMPANY

DUBOIS

1994

PENFIELD FIRE COMPANY

PENFIELD

1995

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1996

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

1997

FRIENDSHIP FIRE COMPANY # 2

DUBOIS

1998

COMMODORE FIRE COMPANY

COMMODORE

1999

NO BATTLE HELD


2000

PENFIELD FIRE COMPANY

PENFIELD

2001

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2002

PATTON FIRE COMPANY

PATTON

2003

PATTON FIRE COMPANY

PATTON

2004

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2005

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2006

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2007

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2008

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2009

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2010



2011



2012



Kerns Trophy

ROBERT E. KERNS TROPHY WINNERS.08/14/01 1:31 PM

1991       LEONARD E. ALWINE         GRANDVIEW

1992

1993       MICHAEL J. MILLIRON       GRANDVIEW

1994       DAVID A. KELL              JUNIATA GAP

1995       JANET WAITE                 GRANDVIEW

1996       DIANE J. ALWINE         GRANDVIEW

1997       JAMES R. BEHRENS         RAMEY

1998       JOHN P. BISMARK         LAKEMONT

1999       BETH ANN BRUNNER         UNITED

2000       JOHN S. HAWKSWORTH, JR.    DAUNTLESS

2001       MICHELLE HUTCHESON         MILTON

2002       NANCY J. KERNS             HOLLIDAYSBURG

2003       GARRY ADELSBERGER           UNITED/LOGAN TWP.

2004       KERMIT M. ALWINE         GREENWOOD

2005       NOT AWARDED

2006       CHRISTOPHER PETUIL         UNITED/LOGAN TWP.

2007       NOT AWARDED

2008       NOT AWARDED

2009       STEVE M WHISTLER            CARLISLE

2010

Lower Award

WILLIAM “PAP” LOWER MEMORIAL AWARD

Given to the best overall efficiency contest winner. Presented by the Alpha Fire Company in 2004

2004

DAUNTLESS FIRE COMPANY

EBENSBURG

2005

JACKSON TOWNSHIP FIRE COMPANY

MINERAL POINT

2006

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2007

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2008

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2009

CRESSON FIRE COMPANY

CRESSON

2010



2011



2012



Queens

PREVIOUS CENTRAL DISTRICT QUEENS.04/01/07 8:00 PM

REX BLOOM MEMORIAL TROPHY

1964       LOU ANN CAMPBELL          HOLLIDAYSBURG

1965       VIVAN ECK                HOLLIDAYSBURG

1966       DIANE GRIFFIN            HOLLIDAYSBURG

1967       CINDY DECKER            HOLLIDAYSBURG

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972       SHERRY ROBINSON          HOLLIDAYSBURG

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979       CAROLINE FEASLER

1980       BARBARA BROOKS            BELLEFONTE

1981       NANCY ANN HOBBA          PUNXSUTAWNEY

1982       SHERRY MILLS             HUNTINGDON

1983       SANDI DRENNING              SIX MILE RUN

1984       LAURA LEE SNYDER         HOLLIDAYSBURG

1985       BETSIE ICKES             OSTERBURG

1986       HONEY DAWN McPHERSON      BROOKVILLE

1987       MELISSA ROYER             ROARING SPRING

1988       CARRIE B. SMITH          BROOKVILLE

1989       LISA KNAPP                CENTRAL CITY

1990       DANA COOPER                ROARING SPRING

1991       PRECIOUS CREEK             HOLLIDAYSBURG

1992       JO ELLEN ROBERTS         BEDFORD

1993       TRACY SHERRY            EBENSBURG

1994       MICHELE E. JONES          BEDFORD

1995       DIANE LIEB                NICKTOWN

1996       SHANNON MAE WRIGHT         CASSVILLE

1997       KRISTY LEONARD            BEDFORD

1998       AMANDA E. SMITH          HUNTINGDON

1999       AMANDA ROURKE            SAXTON

2000       JENNIFER KNEE              SAXTON

2001       BRANDI PRICE             JACKSON TOWNSHIP

2002       STEPHANIE DAVIS          SAXTON

2003       JENNA McCOMBIE              NICKTOWN

2004       MADDIE GIBBS

2005       LINDSEY McCOMBIE          NICKTOWN

2006       WHITNEY COVERT            ORBISONIA

2007       SUZANNE HOUCK             SHAVERS CREEK

2008       KYLIE EVERHART              HUNTINGDON

2009       ASHLEY NOEL                   IRVONA

General History

HISTORY OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT VOLUNTEER FIREMEN'S ASSOCIATION

     As the Central District Volunteer Firemen's Association reaches its one hundredth year of service to the fire-fighters "in the heart of Pennsylvania," the origin of the organization is somewhat clouded.

     According to a booklet entitled, "Complete History of Philipsburg" published in 1895, there was a meeting in September 1893 at the Hope Fire Company. In addition to the Hope and Reliance companies of Philipsburg, there were representatives from Osceola Mills, Houtzdale, DuBois, Clearfield, Bellwood and Tyrone. Thus, Blair, Centre and Clearfield counties were represented. From this meeting came an organization called the "First District Fire Association of Pennsylvania."

     The "Daily Journal," a Philipsburg newspaper, in its edition of August 13, 1916, gives another version of the origin of the organization. It explains that a meeting was held in Osceola Mills in 1892 and from that meeting came the Central District Volunteer Firemen's Association. However, the first actual convention was at Philipsburg in October 1892.

     According to the "Journal", the charter members of Central District were: Alexander Smith and W. C. Langsford of Houtzdale; Charles E. Patton of Curwensville; Frank Weber of Philipsburg; Arthur Baird and Edward C. Bates of Osceola Mills; and James Whitehall of DuBois. Mr.. Smith was elected President and continued to hold that office through 1895. S. S. Cressman of Philipsburg was the first Secretary and E. W. Gray of DuBois was the first Treasurer.

     Both the "Complete History" and the "Journal" agree that the first annual convention was held at Philipsburg on October 18, 1893. The second convention at DuBois was on August 21, 1894. Some of the events at the 1894 meeting included a 250-yard horse race, a 200-yard hub race, a foot race and a potato race.

     In 1908 it was decided that each member fire company could send one delegate as a representative to Central District. Today, each member organization may send three delegates. A fire chief or fire marshal may become a member by virtue of their office. In 1946 the membership was divided into beneficial and non-beneficial classifications. The age of 49 was set as the limit for beneficial membership.

     While in convention at Houtzdale in 1912, the Association members marched to the Brisbin Cemetery where an appropriate monument was provided and dedicated by the Association in honor of its first President.

     No conventions were held in 1918 and 1942 because of World Wars I & II, respectively. Randall H. Graham of Philipsburg, President in 1932, served for 21 months because no convention host was selected until 3 months before the 1933 conclave.

     Over the years, Central District has promoted friendship, legislation and training for the benefit of the individual fire fighter and the entire fire service in the central portion of the state. Largely through the efforts of Central District, the Pennsylvania Fire Academy is located in Lewistown, where it is accessible from all parts of the state. In recent years, the Central District has been presenting both valor and fire safety education awards to recognize individual and organizations, both in and out of the fire service, who make valuable contributions toward safety of our citizens and their communities.

     Today, Central District is approaching a membership of 5,000 as it represents more that 250 fire service organizations in more than 20 counties. Roughly, the membership stretches from the Susquehanna River to the Allegheny Mountains and from the border with Maryland to New York State. After serving one year as a delegate, a member retains membership as long as current dues are paid.

     The annual convention has been expanded to a three-day event. The convention host is chosen by vote of the membership, with the host company or town having the privilege of naming the Association President for the Convention locations are chosen several years in advance, so that the host may have ample time to make plans and raise funds

     Among the activities at the annual meeting are: a past president's banquet and meeting, a memorial service honoring deceased members, a business session, the selection of a Central District fire queen and a comedy parade. The final day of the convention features the ever-popular contests, including the "battle of the Barrel" and pumping contests. The grand feature parade concludes the annual convention.

     The elected and appointed officers and the various committees compose the Association's Board of Control. The Board meets in the spring and fall each year to transact the routine business of the organization.

     As the Central District looks ahead to a second century of service, it is strong, it is growing and its goal continues to be service to the fire fighters of central Pennsylvania.

     (Credit for supplying sources of information for this brief article is given with appreciation to Donald R. Swires, a long time Central District member from Philipsburg. Also assistance from J. Clair Simler, member from Philipsburg and Leonard E. Alwine of Altoona.)

  Complied and written by Donald P. Lingafelt, Hollidaysburg                 May 1992

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