2020 Archives

New Ladder in Service
Date: 01.12.2020

Today we placed our new ladder in service.  We look forward to the next twenty years with this truck providing a high level of service to the community.


Date: 03.22.2020

Today we took some pictures of our old and new ladders together then said good by to the Pierce.  Browndale Fire Company #43 (Northeast of Scranton, PA) purchased the truck to replace their 1990 Pierce.  


To Our Neighbors
Date: 04.25.2020

We hope you are well.  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives.  This message is to reassure you that we have taken every means possible to remain healthy with the end result of being able to serve you, our community.  We have taken to protect ourselves.  Our station doors are now lockEd 24x7.  We wipe down public areas of the station frequently.  We have purchased additional protective gear for our firefighters and switch our drills over to virtual training through online group video sessions.  If you need us, please dial 911.  We will respond as we have since 1928 and provide the best service we possible to help you.  We may look a little different or operate in a different manner than you are used to seeing.  Please don’t question or panic.  Our actions are simply to remain protected and healthy so that we are able to achieve our ultimate goal of servicing you, our customers.  Take care and be well.


Date: 10.30.2020

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (Oct. 30, 2020) — As National Fire Prevention Month comes to a close, the Penn Wynne-Overbook Hills Fire Company marked the solemn anniversary of its only firefighter killed in the line of duty. Harold Beck Jr.  died on Oct. 30, 1988 at just 41 years old when he suffered a heart attack while fighting the nine-alarm fire at Kiddie City in Ardmore.

​Beck, a longtime volunteer firefighter, and the rest of the Penn Wynne company were called out in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 30, 1988, around 3:20 a.m.  A passerby had reported seeing smoke coming from the Kiddie City building. First arriving units were met with heavy black smoke, prompting calls for additional fire companies to respond. Ultimately, the fire reached nine alarms with 300 firefighters from 11 companies fighting the blaze that had spread beyond Kiddie City and into adjacent buildings. The fire was placed under control at 6:42 a.m.; however, fire company equipment remained on location for days to assist with hotspots.

​Beck, who was from Havertown, was at the Kiddie City fire when he suffered a heart attack, which proved to be fatal. The company photographer, Beck was given a Firefighter’s Funeral and has been memorialized with a plaque in the firehouse

​“I was there that night,” said Ted Schmid, a longtime firefighter and now Chief of the Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company since 2018. “All of firefighters had fought back the fire and had been able to keep it from engulfing neighboring homes so the mood was jubilant, when Harold when down. Whenever you lose a man battling a blaze, it’s a devastating loss for the firehouse,e and we will never forget it. We will never forget Harold.”

​Chief Schmid noted that the company wanted to have a ceremony to remember Beck and say a few words on the anniversary of his death, but canceled the event due to safety concerns surrounding the pandemic. “We’ll have an event to celebrate him and his life when we can open up the firehouse to the public and share with them how special Harold was and how much of a sacrifice he made.”


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As Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 1 and residents turn clocks back one hour, Chief Schmid reminds Lower Merion residents to replace the batteries in smoke alarms. “The early warning provided by smoke alarms can save lives by alerting family members to fire and giving them time to get out of the house safely,” said Schmid.


Annual Awards Presentation
Date: 11.04.2020

This year we were unable to hold a formal banquet. We did hold an informal, socially distant and members only dinner earlier in the month to recognize achievements and milestones in service and training. We recognized the following:

Service Awards:
5 Years of Service: Ethan Mazer, Victor Tello, Matthew McCormick
15 Years of Service: Anthony Molchany
25 Years of Service: Christopher Feder, Patrick DeHoratius
35 Years of Service: Steven Kaercher, Ted Schmid
45 Years of Service: Warren Neely

Achievements in Training:
Technical Rescue: Glenn Montgomery, Sean DeMuynck, Benjamin Schmid and Aaron Abrams
EMT: Alec Dascani, Sean DeMuynck and Ethan Mazer
Firefighter 1: Jasper Lim-Goyette, Sean DeMuynck and Benjamin Schmid


Final Inspection for New Engine
Date: 12.22.2020

Today, members travelled to KME in Nesquehoning, PA for final inspection of our new engine. We were very pleased with the truck and thank KME for another awesome job.


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