Richard “Dick” Jarvis

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It is with heavy hearts that the members of Star City Volunteer Department announce the passing of Richard “Dick” Jarvis. Mr. Jarvis was a life member of the department with over 30 years of service. While an active member he served as a Captain and Treasurer and was President of the Monongalia County Fire Association. In honor and remembrance of our friend, member and brother the station flag has been placed at half staff and a helmet hung on the face of the station. Our sincere and deepest sympathies go out to the Jarvis family in their time of loss.

Rest easy brother…

1/27/16: Cheat Road MVC

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1/27/16: This morning Company 20 personnel responded to Cheat Road in the area of Old Cheat Road for a two vehicle MVC with injuries. Engine 201’s crew assisted EMS/PD on scene, provided shielding for the incident scene, mitigated fluid leaks, assisted with securing the involved vehicles and stood-by for fire suppression (which thankfully was not needed).

A reminder that roads in and around Morgantown remain icy and hazardous in areas due to the continued snow removal from roadways and thawing of snow and refreezing during the night. Remember to give yourself extra time to travel and increase your following distances to help reduce the chances of being involved in an accident.

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Winter fire safety

Removing snow from around hydrants a crucial part of winter fire safety

In the winter months, it’s especially important to be conscious of how snow-covered fire hydrants can delay fire services, costing crucial seconds or minutes that can mean the difference between saving a structure and its inhabitants and not doing so.

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The Boston Globe reported last winter that the city’s fire department was deploying teams of fire fighters to dig out hydrants covered by the city’s record snow fall. According to the article, a hydrant needs about a foot of space below its valve, and another two feet of space all around it. This space allows fire fighters to attach hoses to the valve and rotate the hydrant wrench.

As Lieutenant Kevin Jordan of the Boston Fire Department explained to the Globe, a fire engine holds about two to five minutes’ worth of water. When that is used up, hydrants become indispensable, as every passing second allows a fire to grow.

In 2013, a fire destroyed a Boston home when firefighters were delayed by a hydrant obstructed by snow. In contrast, this past winter a New Hampshire home was saved because a neighbor cleared the hydrant off before fire services arrived.

In many regions of the country, shoveling out fire hydrants become a necessity during the winter. While property owners are legally obligated to clear their sidewalks, no such regulations govern the clearing of hydrants. It’s important, then, that private citizens do their part by clearing snow away from hydrants in a timely manner. The work of just a few minutes might later prove to be vital to the safety of you or your neighbors

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2015 Stats

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End of the year stats for Co. 20 are in! Members from Co. 20 responded to 1158 calls for service, including 28 building fires, 8 cooking fires, 7 vehicles fires, 7 brush fires, 65 vehicle accidents with injuries (13 extrication and 4 vehicle vs pedestrians), and 82 vehicle accidents with no injuries.

Top Responders for the year of 2015 were:

FF Jacob Peretin- 327 calls
Duty Officer Justin Knotts- 313 calls
Captain/EMT Ryan Gillespie- 309 calls
Duty Officer Adam Thompson- 268 calls
Lieutenant/EMT Ethan Bailey- 267 calls
FF Brian Sites- 229 calls
Chief Kris Osecky- 224 calls
FF/EMT Jared Lamb- 221 calls
FF Chris Eisenhut- 214 calls
FF Thomas Sites- 213 calls
Duty Officer/EMT Dennis Chaney- 199 calls
FF/EMT Wendell Hofer- 193 calls
EMS Chief Megan Simmons- 189 calls
Lieutenant Sam Hannah- 184 calls
FF/EMT Mike Singer- 146 calls
FF Zach Karn/ FF/EMT Cory Thomas- 129 calls
FF/EMT Joe McVey- 127 calls
FF/EMT Morgan Langston- 117 calls
FF/EMT Jesse Hedrick- 109 calls
FF/EMT Joe Klass- 103 calls

Company 20 would like to thank Blacksville VFD, Brookhaven VFD, Cassville VFD, Cheat Lake VFD, Clinton District VFD, Cool Springs VFD, Granville VFD, Triune-Halleck VFD, Westover VFD, Mt Morris (PA) VFD, and Monongalia County HIRT for all the help with mutual aid that they have provided in 2015!

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12/16/2015: “Shop with a Cop”

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12/16/2015: Members of Company 20, Company 17, Star City PD, and Granville PD all participated in the annual “Shop with a Cop” night at Walmart in the University Town Centre. Hundreds of local children participated in this community outreach event where the children were allowed to pick out items from “Mr. C” from their Christmas lists. Thanks goes out to all firefighters and officers involved with special thanks to the University Town Centre Walmart for their continued support of this worthwhile cause to make the Christmas season a little brighter for children in our community.

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12/11/15: Star City Christmas Parade

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Today, 12/11/15, the Town of Star City hosted it’s annual Christmas Parade. Members from Companies 20, 13, 21 and 23 all participated in the festivities as well as many other floats, bands, dance troops and members from the greater Morgantown area. After the parade concluded everyone was invited to stop by Company 20 for the lighting of the Christmas tree and to partake in light refreshments provided by the Town of Star City…we even had a visit from Santa himself. A special thanks to all the organizers of the event from the Town of Star City for this enjoyable community event.

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2015 Star City Volunteer Fire Department Banquet

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Star City VFD hosted their annual Christmas/Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 5, 2015

Annual award winners were:
EMS Top Responders (Jan 1-October 31)
Charles Wisser
Amanda Weese
Russell McElroy
Michaela Hart
Ryan Gillespie

Firefighter Top Responders (Jan 1- Nov 15)
Ryan Gillespie
Justin Knotts
Jacob Peretin
Adam Thompson
Ethan Bailey
Kris Osecky
Brian Sites
Thomas Sites
Jared Lamb
Dennis Chaney

Rookie of the Year- Cory Thomas
Firefighter of the Year- Jared Lamb
Officer of the Year- Ryan Gillespie

Co. 20 would like to thank all of our members for their dedication, as well as all mutual aid companies who have assisted us in 2015.

Saint Mary’s Christmas Tree Lighting

Earlier this evening, Company 20 assisted Saint Mary’s Catholic Church with the lighting of their Christmas tree. With the help of Tower 204, Boy Scout Troop 44, and Saint Mary’s church members, the tree was lit just in time for the upcoming Christmas season. Thank you to Saint Mary’s for asking us to assist – we are always happy to serve our community!

11/11/2015: Structure Fire

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At approximately 1230 on 11/11/2015 Company 20 was dispatched for a structure fire off of Point Marion Road in the area of the Fine Diamonds Club. Upon arrival crews discovered a two story residential structure with heavy visible smoke and flames from the second story and roof. An interior attack and search was coordinated with Companies 14 and 23 and County Tanker 172 which resulted in the extinguishment of the fire. A special thanks to Monongalia EMS for standing by on scene for EMS care and rehabilitation.

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October Run Stats

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Stats are in for the month of October!!

Company 20 responded to 75 calls for service.  Included in those numbers were 2 working structure fires, 2 working vehicle fires, 8 vehicle accidents with injury (2 with entrapment) and 4 vehicle accidents without injury.

Top responders for the month of October were:

Firefighter Jacob Peretin – 39 calls

Firefighter Chris Eisenhut – 26 calls

Duty Officer Justin Knotts – 25 calls

Duty Officer Adam Thompson & Firefighter Jared Lamb – 22 calls

Lieutenant Sam Hannah – 21 calls

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