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Blaze Leaves 8 Homeless, Injures 3 Fire Fighters
Wednesday November 27, 2002 20:50 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Blaze Leaves 8 Homeless, Injures 3 Fire Fighters The Hope and Reliance Fire Companies responded to a structure fire at 173 Railroad Street in Rush Township. The blaze was reported as a residential structure with fire in the bedroom. Assistant Department Chief Jeff Harris arrived on scene and advised a working fire, but within moments the structure became fully involved. All occupants escaped unharmed. Hope Lieutenant Chad Baughman suffered a second-degree burn while executing the initial attack and was treated at the scene. Hope Fire Fighter Jawna
Podliski experienced an asthma attack and Reliance Fire Fighter Ron Reed suffered a fall injury. Both were transported to Philipsburg Area Hospital by Moshannon Valley EMS. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Philipsburg Fire Department and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal. Robert Bush of Port Matilda owned the building. Hope and Reliance Fire Companies were assisted by Mountain Top Fire Company of Sandy Ridge, Chester Hill Hose Company, Port Matilda Fire Company, Columbia of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, and the Moshannon Valley EMS.

Suspicious Fire Under Investigation
Monday, November 25, 2002 19:11 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Suspicious Fire Under Investigation A fire of suspicious origin summoned fire fighters from Hope and Reliance Fire Companies to 714 Curve Street in Rush Township. The fire originated on the front porch and was working toward the rest of the structure when fire fighters arrived on scene. Quick work by personnel saved the structure. According to Philipsburg Department Chief Gary Sanker, the Philipsburg Fire Department and the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal are investigating the cause. The building is owned by Frank Frantz and was
unoccupied at the time of the fire. The Chester Hill Hose Company, Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Company, and the Mountain Top Fire Company of Sandy Ridge assisted Philipsburg. The Moshannon Valley EMS was standing by on scene. There were no injuries reported.

Fire Destroys Home in Chester Hill
Friday, November 1, 2002 19:53 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire Destroys Home in Chester Hill Hope Fire Company was summoned for an all hands response to assist the Chester Hill Hose Company for a residential structure fire at 846 Clover Street. The two-story home was fully involved when the first unit arrived on the scene. Richard Young, his wife Sharon, and his two daughters Leah, and Jessica, were not at home when the fire broke out. The home was completely destroyed and damage is estimated at $45,000. The cause of the fire was determined to be an overheated coal furnace and a blocked
flue. Chester Hill Hose Company was assisted by the Hope and Reliance Fire Companies, Columbia Fire Company, BJW, and Houtzdale Fire Company. The Moshannon Chapter of the Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the family of four displaced by the fire and to provide refreshments to the fire fighters. The Moshannon Valley EMS was on scene for standby, there were no injuries reported.

Fire Prevention Week in Philipsburg
Tuesday, October 8, 2002 20:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Happy Halloween From Hope Fire Company
Sunday, October 13, 2002 20:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Happy Halloween From Hope Fire Company
It's that time again when children enjoy dressing up and roaming the neighborhoods in search of some of their favorite candy. Halloween is a cherished tradition but the excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful. There is no real trick to making Halloween a real treat for the entire family. The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes. Hope Fire Company recommends the following Halloween Safety Tips. Keep Halloween a fun, happy and
safe night that your kids will never forget and will encourage them to keep the tradition going for years to come.

Fire Prevention Week in Philipsburg
Tuesday, October 8, 2002 20:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Fire Prevention Week in Philipsburg The Philipsburg Fire Department, consisting of the Hope and Reliance Fire Companies, are conducting fire prevention activities to children in the Philipsburg area during National Fire Prevention Week. The Philipsburg Fire Department will be at local day care centers and preschools through out the week, and will be showing the kids how to call 911, to stop, drop, and roll, and to stay low and crawl during a fire. Coloring books and other material are also being distributed. Fire Safety Week
began with the 1871 fire in Chicago that killed 250 people, left thousands homeless and caused extensive damage. President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation in 1920. Since 1922 National Fire Prevention Week has been observed during the week of October 9 and Fire Stations across the country realize the importance of the week and make it a priority to get much needed information out to their communities.

Six People Displaced After Apartment Fire
Saturday, October 5, 2002 17:02 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Six People Displaced After Apartment Fire Six people were displaced late Saturday afternoon after a fire broke out in an apartment building at 324 North Second Street in Philipsburg. An alert fire fighter sounded the alarm. Doug Read, a member of Reliance Fire Company, was at his residence when he noticed heavy smoke in the neighborhood. Mr. Read quickly determined the smoke was a working residential fire and alerted Centre County 911 by radio to dispatch the Philipsburg Fire Department. An engine crew from Hope Fire Company and a truck crew
from Reliance Fire Company were on scene within moments. The engine crew quickly knocked down the blaze while the truck crew performed a primary search and ventilation. The fire was contained to the kitchen area of the first floor apartment. Chester Hill Hose Company, the Columbia Fire Company of Osceola Mills, and the Houtzdale Fire Company assisted the Philipsburg Fire Department. Two family pets expired as the result of the fire. The State Police Fire Marshal was contacted to determine the cause of the blaze. The Moshannon Valley Emergency Services and the American Red Cross were also on scene.

Structure Fire With Entrapment, All Occupants Rescued
Friday, May 24, 2002 11:31 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Hope Fire Company was dispatched to a reported structure fire with entrapment at 126 South Centre Street in the Historic District of Philipsburg Boro known for its large Victorian style houses. Tenants Peggy and David Clark, who were just moving in on the second floor, made the initial 911 phone call and reported a fire on the first floor. Heavy smoke on the second floor had the tenants disoriented and unable to find their way out. Assistant Department Chief Jeff Harris arrived on scene and advised heavy smoke showing from the historic Rowland Mansion and requested a second alarm. Chief Harris, with the help of Hope Fire Fighter Mark Blazosky, located the trapped residents and guided them to safety. Engine 11 and Tower 12 were the first fire units to arrive on scene. The truck crew of Tower 12 performed a secondary search on the second floor for the possibility of other trapped occupants while the entry crew from Engine 11 executed a quick knock down of the fire on the first floor. The fire was contained to the kitchen and dining room area. The first floor suffered severe fire and smoke damage while the second and third floors suffered smoke damage. The two tenants were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Philipsburg Fire Department and the State Police at Hollidaysburg.

Firefighter John Granlun Receives Valor Award
Saturday, April 13, 2002 18:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Firefighter John Granlun Receives Valor Award Two representatives from the Centre County Chief's Association recently presented Hope Fire Fighter John Granlun with an award of valor for his actions in preventing a loss of life. What started out as a fishing trip for a group of fire fighters, turned into an unexpected call to duty. On June 29, 2001, while searching for their favorite fishing hole, Hope Fire Fighters Robb Thomas, Jeremy Hamilton, Joel Coudriet, Mike Woods, and John Granlun were traveling on the Benner Run Road in Black Moshannon when they came upon a man in an emotional crisis. “When we saw the car, it was clear something
was wrong” says John, “I approached the man and attempted to talk with him, he was extremely distraught and very combative”. John attempted to talk with man while Robb Thomas contacted Centre County 911 on his portable radio. While Robb relayed information to the 911 Communications Center, John interacted with the man and kept him as calm as possible until the State Police and EMS arrived. With the arrival of the State Police, the crisis ended. Everyone at Hope Fire Company is proud of John and when asked about his award, John smiles “I am very honored, I would like to emphasize, this was a team effort”. John presently serves as Chief Engineer for Hope Fire Company.

Hope Fire Company Honors 20 and 50 Year Members
Saturday, March 9, 2002 18:00 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
Hope Fire Company Honors 20 and 50 Year Members Hope Fire Company held its annual awards banquet at the HFC Recreation Center. Special awards were presented to members with 50 or more years of service to the fire company. In the photo, seated from the left, are Don Catherine, 50 years; Ben Davis, 63 years; and Warren Ryder, 50 years. Standing, Fred Granlun, 54 years; Kenny Fleck, 55 years; Bill Bean, 55 years; and Norman Domblisky, 55 years. Hope Fire Company also honored lifetime members with 20 or more years of service to the
fire company. The new lifetime members are, not pictured, Lynn Bean, Mark Clark, Dale Walker, Tom Foreman, Joe Leon, and Harold Dixon. Awards were also presented to the top ten responders for 2001. Rev. David Robson began the evening with a prayer and grace for the meal. Guest speakers included Representative Lynn Herman and Centre County Commissioner Scott Conklin.

Accident Claims Life, Two Others Flown To Trauma Center
Saturday, January 26, 2002 01:15 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
An early morning accident has claimed the life of a Sandy Ridge man on Saturday. Matthew Carter, 21, was killed in an accident that occurred on Route 504 approximately 1.5 east of Philipsburg. James Willis, 21, and Catherine Greenawalt, 24 were flown by helicopter to Altoona Hospital. All three were in a car traveling west on Route 504 when the vehicle lost control on a curve. The vehicle left the road and struck several trees. Mr. Carter and Mr. Willis were both trapped in the car and were extricated by Hope Fire Company using the Hurst “Jaws of Life”. Catherine Greenawalt was ejected from the car upon impact and was pinned under a fallen tree. The Philipsburg State Police are investigating the accident.

New Year's Day Blaze Devastates Charlie's Tire Service
Tuesday, January 1, 2002 12:49 Hours
Article by Joe Hollis
New Year's Day Blaze Devastates Charlie's Tire Service A third alarm blaze sent fire fighters from Hope Fire Company to battle a raging fire in Morris Township. Charlies Tire, located at 655 Old Turnpike Road, had heavy flames showing when the first fire unit arrived on scene. Lack of available water and bitter cold hampered fire fighters while tires and oil fed the raging inferno. 14 Fire Companies from Clearfield and Centre Counties responded to the scene to help battle the fire. No injuries were reported. Hope Fire Company was on scene for approximately 4 hours.

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