In 1937 bought its first fire truck for about what it would cost you to buy an iPad, and the rest, as they say, is history.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the township’s fire company and to celebrate, the fire department invited some of its older volunteers to its annual banquet to join in the festivities.
A total of 105 current and former Lower Frederick volunteer firefighters and their family members celebrated the anniversary last month, at the township’s firehouse and among them was current fire Chief Scott Angstadt.
Angstadt has been a resident of Lower Frederick for 17 years and fire chief for seven years, and said he enjoyed being around former chiefs and volunteers. He’s pretty sure they enjoyed being there and being recognized as well.
“It was neat because you really, some of them haven’t been around and active for quite a few years, but you could see they really appreciated it,” said Angstadt “They got to see some pictures from when they were 18 or 19 years old and brought them back to their early days.”
Angstadt hopes that by rubbing elbows with the company’s elders, the squad’s younger guys might gain a sense of how their service can stick with them for a lifetime.
“We have nine junior members, and hopefully it gives them the drive that someday they can be or have the ambition to become an officer or chief,” said Angdstadt.
But aside from the sentimental value the banquet allowed for, it also lent itself as a time for the volunteers to take a much needed night off. It is the only time of year that the department is not responsible for any calls that come in to their station.
“It was just a good time. It’s one time of the year we actually get to kick back and enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about the whistle going off. We actually put other companies on to cover us for the night,” said Chief Angdstadt.
A culvert collapsed at Main Street and Zeiglerville Road and will need an emergency replacement, and will cause an emergency closure of that section of road for approximately two days. There is no word on the exact date of the road closure, but it will be done as soon as possible, and before the end of the month, according to township Engineer Carol Schuehler.
Also happening in Lower Frederick Township:
- Lecture with Author of the book ‘Designing With Natives’ on March 25 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the township building.
- Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. at .
- June 2 Eastern Mountain Sports will be at Foy Park for a kayak demo day.
- Discounted movie tickets can be purchased at the township building for $7.50, cash only.