DANVILLE – The Danville Fire Department hosted the Six-County Firemen’s Convention which ended with a parade of fire equipment and a party Saturday.
The parade traveled along East Market and Mill streets to the Route 54 tunnel to F.Q. Hartman Field where apparatus was displayed and the party held which was open to the public with free hotdogs and soda. A DJ provided music.
Danville last held the convention in 2011. This was the ninth year Danville hosted the convention, dating back to 1909.
About 60 people, representing the six counties, attended the convention which began Friday. They also attended a church service in Shiloh United Church of Christ.
Officers elected, during a business session in the Washies Fire Company, were Gary Perna Jr., president from Schuylkill County; Chaplain Robert Mandak of Luzerne County; William Tarby, vice president from Lackawanna County; Deanna Force, vice president from Montour County; Joseph Judy III, vice president form Northumberland County; Gary Perna Sr., vice president from Schuylkill County; and Jerry Guscott, vice president from Luzerne County.
Perna was re-elected president. Tarby, Force and Guscott also were re-elected.
Others from the Danville area attending included Dick Blosky, chairman of the six-county executive committee; and Jack Reilly, a former six-county convention president.
Force served as president of the organization in 2011 and 2012.
Danville Fire Chief Chris Dickinson was convention chairman.
Force presented a convention flag to Tony Prushinski, convention chairman of the Honey Pot Active Volunteer Fire Company, of Nanticoke, which will host the convention in June 2015. It will also be the fire company’s 50th anniversary celebration.
The six counties making up the organization are Montour, Columbia, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties.
The ladies auxiliary of the organization met in the East End Fire Company, Mahoning Township.
This was the 111th year for the convention.
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