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Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co.: a tradition of community service

Members of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Department pose for a group photo preceding their recent annual banquet. The organization is renowned for tehir exemplary community service as well as their dedication to saving lives and property.

Members of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Department pose for a group photo preceding their recent annual banquet. The organization is renowned for tehir exemplary community service as well as their dedication to saving lives and property. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Since the inception of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. in 1921, the local firefighters have been dedicated to enhancing community life as well as protecting the lives and property of area residents.

The last two years, the fire company has responded to several substantial fires as well as aiding neighboring companies with major blazes. Last year, the firefighters responded to 170 calls.

This skilled, well-equipped emergency response team has performed their duties with expertise — but their commitment extends to the fire company’s longstanding focus on community service.

Pride in this tradition among the fire company’s members is a key factor in the agency’s robust membership, Warrensburg Fire Co. President Kevin Geraghty said. He noted that the organization has recruited a dozen new members over the last three years.

Whether it’s the fire company’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Warrensburg Halloween Parade, the 9-11 Memorial Ceremony, the holiday visit by Santa Claus, or the Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree, the company’s annual events are beloved by local residents.

“The tradition and prestige of our fire company builds membership and loyalty,” he said, noting that the group also sponsors various youth ball teams and scholarships.

The fire company is well equipped, and it’s soon to acquire a new tandem axle pumper-tanker with a 2000-gallon capacity, Geraghty said.

“We have strong spirit in the company and one of the most active rosters in Warren County,” he said.

Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. roster:

Corporate Officers: Kevin Geraghty, President; Bonni Roth, Secretary; Sean Geraghty, Treasurer; Kerry Bateman, Director; Paul Bederian, James Hull, Director; Andrew Sprague, Director.

Line Officers: Justin Hull, Chief; John Hensler, 1st Asst. Chief; Kevin Roth, 2nd Asst. Chief; Jason Hull, 3rd Asst. Chief; Chris Meyers, 4th Asst. Chief; Phil Hayes, Fire Police.

Active Members: David Alexander, Donald Bagwell, Tyler Boutin, Jeremy Crispell, Roger Durkin, Brian Engle, Greg Francisco, Ryan Griffin, Richard Hull, Todd Lawson, Casey Marviglio, Jeffery Monroe, Jessica Monroe, Robert Nelson,Tyson Nelson, Eric Nilsestuen, Matthew Oliver, Matthew Perry, Kory Russell, Jeffery Smith and Douglas Van Norstrand.

Honorary Members: Joseph Barlow, Bruce Belden, Terry Combs, Anthony Fortino, Bob Frye, Jonathan Geraghty, Gary Ross, David Spatz, Rudolph Squires.

Fire Commissioners: Brian Engle, Chairman; David Spatz, Deputy Chairman; Kevin B. Geraghty, Secretary-Treasurer; Sean Geraghty, Deputy Treasurer; Paul Bederian; James Hull and Gary Ross.

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