Sunday, May 24, 2015
We mourn the loss of brother firefighter, emergency dispatcher and friend Woody Woodward who valiantly fought cancer and its effects for many years. Woody is well known throughout the County and surrounding areas for his big smile and "Hey pal" greeting. He was also a devoted father and all around good guy! We will miss his contagious smile and laugh as well as his voice on the County's Emergency Radio. Woody's obituary is below:
Woody Woodward, 41, of Elizabethtown, PA died on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Lancaster General Hospital after an amazingly courageous battle against cancer. His fight to live has been an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with.
Born in Waterbury, CT, he was the son of Geri DeBaro Woodward, and the late Wilfred R. Woodward, III. He was the beloved husband of Gretchen Lichty Woodward. He adored her and said it loudly, proudly, and often.
Woody’s life can be best described as “a life of service.” Every aspect of his life, from work to hobbies to relationships, centered around the needs of others. Throughout his cancer treatments, he maintained a positive attitude and took a genuine interest in his friends’ lives. His selfless spirit is admirable to all who knew him.
At the age of 15, Woody became a Jr. Firefighter at Lafayette Volunteer Fire Company. He has served as a volunteer in one way or another with various fire departments from Lancaster County to Allison Hill in Harrisburg for over 25 years. He was a member of the Rohrerstown Volunteer Fire Company for 15 years and was employed as a 911 dispatcher for Lancaster County for 19 ½ years.
He always had a love of photography. In 2010, after his cancer diagnosis, Woody chose to no longer ride the fire trucks. His role changed to fire photographer and until his death, was the official photographer for Rohrerstown FD and Manheim Township Fire and Rescue.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his son, Wyatt C. Woodward, his brother, Rodney M. Woodward, and his nephew, Evan R. Woodward.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Gathering at Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA, 17602 on Wed. May 27, from 1:00-4:00 PM.
A Fireman’s Funeral Ceremony will be conducted at 4:15 P.M. at Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts be made in Woody Woodward’s memory to support the Thyroid Cancer Research Program at Penn Medicine. Checks can be made payable to “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania” and sent to: Katie Dewees Detzel, Penn Medicine Development Office, 3535 Market St, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
At 1107 the company was alerted to assist Rawlinsville Fire Co ( Station 58) for a house fire at 341 Snyder Hollow Rd. Deputy 58 (Fuhrman) arrived with fire showing from the roof and charlie side of the house. Deputy 58 also reported that the fire was wind driven throughout the house.Tower 50 arrived and was ordered to set up on the alpha / bravo coroner and prepare for aerial ops. Tanker 60 ( West Willow ) arrived behind Tower 50 and was ordered to supply the aerial operations. Tower 50 started to knock the fire down with the bucket while flowing CAFS due to not having hydrants or additional tankers on the scene yet. After the fire was knocked down crews entered the structure to complete hitting hot spots and overhaul.Units from 50 cleared the scene around 3:30 pm . Thanks to Engine 905 ( Blue Rock) for covering the local while we were operating.
Photo : QFD57
Saturday, May 16, 2015
At 1820 hours West Willow Fire along with EMS were dispatched to the area of Rt 272 South and Herrville Rd for an auto accident. County Communications was receiving several calls of a serious crash in the area. Engine 60 (Chief J Topper) arrived with a two vehicle accident with one patient trapped and requested Rescue 50 to the scene. The Rescue was dispatched at 1830 hours and responded with a crew of seven. 60 and 50 crews worked together to remove the doors and roof of the vehicle and then the dash was lifted utilizing the Amkus extended tips. After cleaning up the Rescue was available in short order.
Monday, May 11, 2015
This afternoon at 1500 hours the company was dispatched to 37 Corn Planter Dr for a report of woods on fire. Engine 502 arrived with a small fire that had gotten a little too big for the homeowner and quickly extinguished it with the booster line. Engine 501 also assisted on scene. Both units were clear in under half an hour.As both units were backing into station County Communications called and asked if we could handle a standby in Quarryville while they operated on a mushroom house fire in Chester County. Rescue/Engine 501 handled the call and also took in a person struck call while on standby in the Borough.
TOM AMICO IMAGE
SETH ANASTASIO IMAGE
Saturday, May 9, 2015
At 1500 hours the West Lampeter Companies were dispatched to Rt 272 South and Kendig Rd for an auto accident with reported entrapment. Chief 50 (M Reese) arrived with a three vehicle accident and one of the vehicles into a tree with entrapment. Rescue 50 arrived and stabilized the vehicle, began cutting the tree away from the car and began extrication. There were still three people in the vehicle, all injured. Crews worked to remove the doors and the roof the vehicle to access the patients. All patients were transferred to EMS care within 24 minutes of arrival. In all four patients were transported to Lancaster General Hospital.
TOM AMICO PHOTOS
GREG LEAMAN IMAGE
Friday, May 1, 2015
This afternoon the West Lampeter Companies were sent to the 1900 block of Willow Street Pike for an auto accident. Chief 50 (M Reese) arrived with a two vehicle accident involving a mail jeep and a pickup. Units assisted EMS on scene and also waited for the US Postal Service to arrive to pick up the mail that was still in the demolished mail jeep. Units were clear in just under an hour.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The company handled two accidents at Rt 272 south and Long Ln on the 28th and 29th. The first came in at 1032 hours for a two vehicle accident at the intersection. One person was transported by EMS and crews handled hazards and debris control. The second was on the 29th at 2110 hours and also involved two vehicles. Two occupants were transported from this incident with units clearing at 2203 hours.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
This evening Engine 502 was dispatched to assist Rawlinsville filling tankers while they fought a large brush/woods fire at 388 House Rock Rd in Martic Township. The Engine responded with a crew of 6 and set up a fill site at the Pequea Marina. Engine 2 was on scene for approximately 4 hours filling over 20,000 gallons in tankers and clearing at 22:05.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Today 25 members traveled to the West Chester Training Grounds for some live fire burning. Members spent the morning advancing hose lines and working with some of the newer members demonstraiting fire/smoke behavior and proper hoseline advancement/useage. It was a gorgeous day and the ladies and gents had a great time working together with each other. There was also another company on the grounds from Reliance Fire Co from Delaware Co. Back in early 2000 they purchased a used fire truck from Yardley Makefield Fire Co , that truck was called "Tower 80 " and was replaced by a platform which is now owned by the Willow Street Fire Co. Before we left we had to get a photo shoot.
ZACH RACE PHOTO
EX YARDLEY MAKEFIELD UNITS NOW OWNED BY
RELIANCE FIRE COMPANY AND WILLOW STREET
FIRE COMPANY. CRAIG RHINEER JR PHOTO
Thursday, April 16, 2015
This morning at 0353 hours Engine 502 was dispatched to assist 58 with a large woods fire involving structures at Susquehannock Dr and Port Deposit Rd along the rail line. The engine made the 18 mile trip and assisted in carrying lines up the steep incline to where the the fire was located. The crew worked for several hours in mop up mode. Several small cabins were destroyed along with several acres of woods.Later in the day at 1511 Engine 2 was again on the street assisting 58 for a large woods fire at 1457 Holtwood Rd. The engine was assigned to go to the Muddy Run Reservoir to fill tankers. The engine filled several tankers for a total of 20,200 gallons pumped. While returning from the fill site the company was dispatched to Eshelman Mill Rd and Millport Rd for another brush fire. Engine 54-1 arrived with several fires along both roads and units worked together to quickly extinguish all areas of fire. Units were cleared by 1940 hours.The company also handled a reported house fire in 54's first due earlier in the day which turned out to be a stove fire with minimal services needed.
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