DANVILLE - The Borough of Danville was the site of this year's Six-County Firemen's Convention Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28. Emergency personnel from Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland and Schuylkill counties met for the 111th time at the Washington Hose and Fire Company No. 2. The event was hosted by the Danville Six County Firemen's Association.

New officers

Officers elected for the 2014-15 term were Gary Perna Jr., of McAdoo, president; Gary Guscott, of Hazleton, 1st vice-president; William Tarby, of Troop, second vice-president; Deanna Force, of Danville, third vice-president; Gary Perna Sr., of McAdoo, fourth vice-president; Joseph Judy, of Upper Augusta Township, fifth vice-president; Michele Frye, of Bloomsburg, sixth vice-president; John Nilles, of Hazleton, secretary; Joseph Simonovich, of Warrior Run, treasurer, and Robert Mandak Sr., of Hazleton, chaplain.

Prior to the end of the session, the six-county flag was presented by Danville to the Honey Pot Fire Company, which will host the 112th convention. Nanticoke will be the site of the three-day convention, June 25, 26 and 27, 2015.

On Friday morning, a memorial service was held at the Shiloh United Church of Christ. Members of the sssociation and ladies auxiliary who passed away since the last convention were remembered. A luncheon was held at the church after the service.

The convention banquet was held at the Washington Fire Company on Friday evening. Numerous awards were presented by the association.


Recipients of the Valor Award were Vincent Chitswara, Daniel Leshko, Donald Leshko and Brian Mandak. Courage Award recipients were Lance Borchick, Matthew Capulich, Robert Leshko, John Mears Sr., Robert Mehailck, Michael Pastor and Leon Sobolowski.

Recipients of the first annual Mark Coons Memorial Scholarship were Robert Bauman, Steven Boehmer, Alexander Martz, Troy Stair, Shelby Trumbo and Michael Zangari.

The Walter Sawchak Fire Prevention Award went to Fire Chief David Duffy, New England Fire Company, Schuylkill County.

The Herman "Hump" Howard Service Award was presented to Michael Cassic Jr. and Richard Blosky.

President's Awards were presented to David Berezovske, Deanna Force, Bernie Gryskevicz, Anthony and Linda Prushinski and William Tarby.


A reorganization meeting will be held at the Keystone Fire Company, McAdoo, Sunday.

Bimonthly meetings for the coming year will be held Sept. 12, Upper Augusta Fire Company; Nov. 16, Crystal Hose Company, Jermyn; Jan. 25, Diamond Fire Company No. 2, Hazleton; March 15, Warrior Run Fire Company, and May 17, Tilbury Fire Company, Nanticoke. All meetings start at 2 p.m.