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Annual Banquet - Delaware City Memorial Hall
Saturday, January 5, 2008

Delaware City Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary held their annual banquet on Saturday, January 5th. The banquet was catered by Le Chateau and music was provided by DJ Clay Wessel. The program Emcee was Warren Jones – 1st Vice President of the Delaware Volunteer Fireman’s Association. Many members received awards that night. President Emeritus Award was presented to Vince Malloy, Cadet of the Year was Joe Walsh, Chief Emeritus Award to Mike McMichael, President-Chief’s Award went to Reds Poppe. Social Life Membership went to Marvin Albert and Daren Ludlam for 25 years of service. Along with the above awards, Outgoing President Kalinowski was presented with an award for his years of service, and many awards were given for fire school hours and years of service, including two service awards for Reds Poppe and Jr. Poppe for 55 years of service. The ladies presented the men with gifts totaling $50,000 – gifts included pagers for portable monitoring, a pump for the rescue boat, traffic safety vests and a pet mask to be placed on each piece of apparatus. The men gave the ladies a gift certificate to RES (Restaurant Equipment Supply) and they paid the ladies pension. . The gift certificate will certainly help the ladies purchase equipment to make their job in the kitchen a little easier. The men also made a donation to the Susan G. Koman foundation on behalf of some the ladies members that are currently fighting or have fought the battle with breast cancer. Company photographer Dave Jones presented his final slide show as he will be moving from the area this year. As always – his slide show was something to look forward to. It’s always done with some humor, more grace and much dignity. The rest of the evening included dancing and partying until 2AM. Chief Rosseel and his wife even managed for the first time ever to make it to the end of the banquet.

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