With deep, abiding sadness, the Chestertown VFC announces the passing of former Firefighter Joseph (Joe) Lawrence Weber. In late Fall, 1980, Joe joined the fire company through our Exploring program, which was a part of the Boy Scouts of America. It was a coed program tailored to introduce young people to a potential career as a firefighter. The fire company was a big part of Joe’s life and hugely important to him. Joe remained active with us for more then a decade, lasting into the early 1990’s.
On Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 1:17 am, the Chestertown VFC, K&QA Rescue Squad, Rock Hall VFC, Kennedyville VFC and Kent EMS was dispatched to the Motor Vehicle Crash with Injuries (Serious) at Great Oak Marina, 22170 Great Oak Landing Road. Caller was reporting an individual had fallen from a golf cart going high speed. The patient was reported as unconscious.
On Thursday, August 20, 2020 at approximately 11:12 pm, the Chestertown VFC and K&QA Rescue Squad was dispatched for the Motor Vehicle Crash with Injuries in the 500 block of High Street, between Kent Street and College Avenue.
At 2:04 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Chestertown VFC, Kennedyville VFC, Kent & Queen Annes Rescue Squad, Betterton VFC, Rock Hall VFC, Crumpton VFC, Church Hill VFC, and Kent County EMS was dispatched to the 10300 block of Augustine Herman Highway (Maryland 213) for the Motor Vehicle Collision with Unknown Injuries. The crash location was between Hopewell Corner (Maryland 213 & Maryland 297 – Suds & Soda) and Hassengers Corner (Maryland 213 & Maryland 561 – Chestertown Animal Hospital). The precise location is locally called “Goose Hill”.
Jeffrey H. Thompson was selected as our “Member Spotlight” a few weeks ago. Jeff, as he is widely known, has a long and distinguished career with the Chestertown VFC and the fire service in general. That career is still going strong and vibrant.
With deep sadness, the Chestertown VFC announces the passing of member Michael O. (Mike) Standridge. Mike was from Rock Hall and belonged to the Rock Hall VFC. After he graduated from Kent County High School, he worked at Dixon Valve here in Chestertown. With his devotion and desire to give back to the community, he then joined the Chestertown VFC.
At our regular meeting on Monday, June 1, 2020, we selected “Life Member” Harry C. Everett for the “Inside the Fire Station – Member Spotlight” to profile this week. Most people may not know him by his given name, but they probably do know him as “Sonny”. Still? Others may know him, but not know his name. However you may know Sonny, he is easily recognizable as a mainstay of our community. For as long as this writer can remember, he has been popular with everyone he meets.
In order to maintain a high state of equipment readiness and dependability, the Chestertown VFC maintains an aggressive maintenance and testing program on our equipment. While each piece of equipment is regularly inspected by our personnel, we also adhere to the recommendations of the National Fire Protection Association - Pamphlet 1911, the standard for the "Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Emergency Vehicles."