April 11, 2015 we celebrated our 64th year of service to Culpeper County. We are honored and proud to serve the community. We have a few items that we would like to happily announce.
This year the Auxiliary presented a check for $50,000 to the department. We want to say a special thank you to the auxiliary members that have dedicated their valuable time helping to make our department a huge success.
Some of the awards that were presented to the Auxiliary members were:
The Granny Curtis Award (named after Granny Curtis, a long time member of the auxiliary): This award is given to someone who respects the mission of the auxiliary. It is an award of longevity and commitment. The recipient of The Granny Curtis Award is Kathy Crossgrove.
Auxiliary Member of the Year: This award is given to the person that has shined in the last year. It is given by the auxiliary to the one has been the most help in the previous year. The Auxiliary Member of the Year was awarded to Kim Green.
Supporting Member of the Year: This award is given to a supporting member of the auxiliary who has gone above and beyond in his/her support of the auxiliary in the previous year. The Supporting Member of the Year was awarded to Effie Foster.
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the auxiliary and the department!
We are proud and extremely happy to announce that through the hard work and dedication of many members and your continued support, we have made a large contribution in securing our future in Culpeper County. We were able to pay off our building this year. Thank you all for your support! Without each of you supporting us, we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this. Thank you!
There are a few individuals that we would also like to recognize that were given awards at our annual banquet:
The Richard “Bunny” Jones Memorial Award:
Bunny Jones joined the department in January 1974. He served on numerous committees and was Assistant Chief for 2 years and served as Chief in 1987 and again from 1990 until his passing in 1995.
Bunny was instrumental in the starting of our First Responder Program in 1989, also the purchase of our 1986 GMC Brush Truck, our 1992 International Pumper and our 1993 International Tanker. These are front line, first out the door pieces of equipment that we still use today.
The definition of the Richard “Bunny” Jones Memorial Award is described as a special recognition for a department member who most exemplifies the outstanding service and dedication that is in keeping with the highest traditions of the department. This person displays active participation in firefighting duties, training activities, fund raising events and other personal achievements within the department.
The recipient for the Richard “Bunny” Jones Memorial Award is a person that has served on countless committees, joined the department in November 1988, has 26 years of dedicated service and led the department as President in the past. He was the backbone in the production of our newest piece of equipment – Rescue 1202, which can be seen in our engine bay today. He still leads the department today, Our Chief, David E. Myers.
Richard J Bryce Memorial Award:
Richard J. Bryce joined the department in March 1972, after proudly serving his country as a member of the U.S. Military.
He served on numerous committees and administrative offices. He was the 1st Secretary who started the practice of typing the minutes of the department’s meetings. He was on the exploratory committee for the purchase of the property that we currently use. If not for his 1st steps, this building or facility that we are proudly utilizing may not exist as we know it today.
In 1977, he was voted in as President of our Department until his passing on July 30, 1981.
In October of 1981 , the Department felt so strongly about our past President that they would redefine the “Firefighter of the Year Award” to what is now known as the “R J Bryce Memorial Award”.
The definition of the “R J Bryce Memorial Award” describes a member, who over the numerous years has contributed to the advancement and success of the department. This may have been displayed through leadership positions, training, public education, personal commitment and dedication to the department and the community for which they serve. This award is the department’s highest commendation. It provides a special recognition for a member whose outstanding service and dedication are in keeping with the highest traditions of the department.
The recipient for the “RJ Bryce Memorial Award” is a person that has served on numerous committees, served as a Board of Director’s Member and is and has been a dependable member for many, many years; matter of fact, 39 years. At 83 years “young” he still helps with Bingo and the sale of raffle tickets at our Fair.
He joined the Department in July 1976 and is also the brother-in-law of R.J Bryce himself. His boisterous voice and cadence during the Pledge of Allegiance is unmistakable, everyone knows who leads the group. It is our pleasure to present this year’s “RJ Bryce Memorial Award” to Stuart “Mickey” Caldwell.
This is a new award, starting this year, which will go to a department member who, just like the tools that make up a set of Irons, is essential to the Fire Service. These lifesaving tools are the foundation tools that are a “Must Have” at every incident. Great leaders have great foundations. This award is to recognize the “foundation” member that has gone above and beyond the normal duties of a BVFD member.
The recipient must be from the general membership of the department and cannot be a line or administrative officer.
The recipient of the Irons Award has been a member for 2 years, and in this past year headed up the IT program, the massive job of installing our own server, computer and communications system. He has put in countless hours of research and hard work, on top of holding down a full time job, answering calls and being a husband and father. It is our pleasure to recognize Senior Firefighter John “Jay” Grayson for this award.
Joseph and Bootsie Troilo Service Award:
This award describes a community member or business, who over the numerous years has contributed to the advancement and success of the BVFD. This personal or business exhibits enthusiasm, integrity and perseverance beyond the ordinary to help fellow citizens, the community, and the world through selfless giving — be it talent, money or time. This individual or business serves as a role model for the next generation of community service volunteers. It provides a special recognition for outstanding service and dedication that are in keeping with the highest traditions of the department.
This recipient is a constant, continuing supporter to our annual Fair with both the calf rotation and is the backbone of our Lawn and Garden Tractor Pull.
This year’s recipient is The Glebe Farm, Steve Swan.
We also give an award for the Top Call Runner, Top Training Hours and Top EMS Calls. The awards are:
Top Call Runner: JD Bailey
Top Training Hours: JD Bailey
TOP EMS Calls: JD Bailey
This year, these awards were all given to the same person who dedicated a LOT of time to running calls and training in and out of the department. Congratulations and thank you for your dedication!
We would also like to congratulate our members that brought new life into our department this year. When one of our members welcomes a new family member into their family, we present them with the Jefferson Cup Award. This year we would like to congratulate:
Darrell & Melanie Myers
Chris & Karley Twomey
Happy birthday to your little ones! We know this is an exciting time for your family, and we hope you are blessed with years of happiness.
Thank you everyone for your support through the countless years!! We look forward to serving the community for many more years to come. From our family to yours, we want to say THANK YOU!
Bring the family down and enjoy some amazing cooking provided by the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary!
Children 6 – 10 – $6
Children 5 and Under – Free
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Green Beans, Coleslaw
Desserts and Beverages
Carry Outs Available!
Parking in the rear of the Charter Hall