History of The Ross Township Fire Police
The Ross Township Fire Police History, Station 254
The Ross Township Fire Police is to operate and respond as one emergency unit, to enhance safety, communications, equipment and training of its officers for the protection of not only themselves but for firefighters and all other emergency personnel as well as all citizens at emergencies or details.
HIGHLIGHTS OF EARLY AND RECENT YEARS
1977 December… Superintendent Grabenstein of Ross Township Police Department requested Sgt. Richard Moran to explore the possibility of fire police in
1978 January 28…First organizational meeting was held. Linkenheimer served as Acting Chairman and Sarver as Acting Secretary. Sgt. Moran had been assigned to be the Liason Officer for Ross Police.
1978 January 28…Founding Members: W. Linkenheimer Jr. BHFC, H. Sarver QVFC, R Schellaas BHFC, G. Fazio EVFC, J. Brenckle BHFC, R. Moran RPD,
R. Benna PVFC, D. Cooper BHFC, P. Kennedy LGVFC, M. Kruychak SVFC,
B. Leonard EVFC, A. Astorino EVFC, H. Fisher QVFC, W. Hibbs QVFC,
M. Lowrie FVFC, T. Delaney FVFC, W. Barnes BHFC, E. Baldauf EVFC,
R. Schweitzer SVFC, F. Leiterman QVFC, T. Vitunic EVFC and C. Zoeller BHFC.
1978 April 25…Requested $100 from each fire company for financial aid.
1978 May 16…First meeting. Linkenheimer elected as President & Sarver elected as Secretary. Requested financial aid from
1978 June 20…By-Laws drawn up.
1978 September 11…First Members Sworn In as
1978 September 26…By-Laws accepted.
1978 October 31…First Halloween Patrol.
1978 December 19…Linkenheimer elected President & Sarver elected Secretary/Treasurer for year 1979.
1979 September 18…Received $3,000 from
1980 January 15…CB License issued to Ross Township Police Department for fire police use. Fire police purchased 15 two-way CB portable radios with 15 more to follow.
1980 March 30…Linkenheimer elected President & Sarver elected Secretary/Treasurer.
1981 March 31…John Brenckle elected President & Harold Sarver Secretary/Treasurer
1983 January 18…Ross Fire Police shall serve under the direction of Ross Township Police Dept. and Ross Twp. Public Safety Committee.
1983 March 19…Sgt. Moran approved one red light per company for fire police.
1983 October 18…Fire police are to be dispatched over the Ross Fire Band.
1985 August 30…Discussion held with West View on Mutual Aid.
1987 February 4…Ross Police Chief Dwight Guthrie instructed fire police will not serve on any detail where alcoholic beverages are served or dispensed.
1987 October 10…Approval received Ross Township Commissioners to use the
1988 April 14…Entered in to agreement with Shaler Twp. for mutual aid.
1988 September 27…State Representative Dave Mayernik installed as First Honorary Member.
1988 November 15 Ross Police Officer R. Muchenski replaces Lt. R. Moran as Liason Officer.
1990 November 16…Ross Township Commissioners approved the release of two 1985 Ford Crown
1991 May 1…Joint meeting with 13 surrounding communities to discuss mutual aid. In attendance were the police chiefs from
1993 March 23…Fire police request parcel of land from Ross Township Commissioners for a possible building site.
1994 June 28…North Hills School Board approved availability of property for a Fire Police Building if needed.
1994 June 30…Letter sent to Ross Township Commissioners requesting property to erect a building adjacent to the Public Works Department on Cemetery Lane.
1994 September 7…Submitted bids to Ross Township Commissioners for the proposed three bay building.
1994 September 16…Fire Police Building approved by Ross Township Commissioners to be located at 235 Cemetery Lane adjacent to the Ross Township Works Department.
1994 September 19…Fire police officers began clearing site for building.
1994 November 14…Bids opened for construction of the
1994 November 29…Bid for the construction of a shell pole building awarded to A & W Builders, New Kensington, PA in the amount of $23,960.
1995 January 14…Ground broken for
1995 January 17…Building extended by 8 feet. Size to be 40 feet X 56 feet. Phase one was completed on February 21. 1995.
1995 May 15…Dedication of the Ross Township Fire Police building .
2001…Construction of a fourth work bay completed.
2004 SEPTEMBER 23…IN LINE OF DUTY DEATH OF CAPTAIN JOHN A. BRENCKLE CAUSED BY DIRECTING TRAFFIC IN THE FLOODWATERS OF HURRICANE IVAN ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2004.
2004 September 23…Vice President William F. Linkenheimer Jr. immediately assumes the position of President. At the October 2004 Company Meeting appoints John Brown Sr. to the position as Vice President.
2005 May 5…
2009 October 3, 4 & 5…Finally, after receiving denial after denial, and never giving up the fight, Amy Warrick, daughter of Captain Brenckle, received notice from the Department of Justice notifying her of their decision to recognize the In Line of Duty Death of her Father Captain John A. Brenckle. His name was placed on the National Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in
2010…Current Administrative Officers are William Linkenheimer Jr., President, John Brown Sr., Vice President, Lorenz Stocker, Treasurer and Janice Belke, Secretary
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