Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company celebrates 75 years of service
On Saturday, June 26, 2021, the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company celebrated their 75th anniversary. They welcomed the community into their fire hall to learn about the history of the department with speeches and momentos. A long table was covered with photos of the various trucks and vehicles from over the years, as well as a gold helmet and shovel. Larry Stout shared the original charter with those in attendance. The fire company received recognition from Congressman Fred Keller. In addition to Congressman Keller, Arnie Kriner, a representative for Senator Yaw spoke. The Lycoming County Commissioners were there, Tony Mussare made a proclamation to the company, Rick Mirabito shared some remarks, and Scott Metzger was also in attendance. Clinton Township Supervisor Pat Deitrick spoke and Supervisor Lanny Wertz was there as well.
The event was emceed by Larry Stout, who is a member of the company. He announced that the banquet hall was renamed the Adams-LeGrande Banquet Hall to honor the memory of the company’s first fire chief, Earl LeGrande, and the first president of the association, Charles Adams. Stout and Fire Chief Todd Winder spoke about the founding of the fire company that began on June 17, 1946. Lots of local men were returning home from World War II and it was recognized that a fire company was needed to serve the rural area. The Clinton Township Fire Company had humble beginnings. According to Chief Winder, funds were raised by selling eggs and chickens. Two big contributors were Fred Tebbs and C.L Hulsizer. Tebbs gifted nearly five acres of land to build the first fire hall. That fire station was built by the members themselves with donated materials. C.L. Hulsizer, who owned Hulsizer’s Chevrolet, told the firemen that if they raised half of the money for the first fire truck, he would provide the rest of it. However when the firemen went to him with their half, he refused to accept their money and paid for all of it himself. Chief Winder went on to say that the fire company continues to have a good relationship with the Hulsizer-Schneck family. When the fire station burned down in 1997, the car dealership offered support by letting them use their facility so the fire company could continue to operate. Hulsizer’s also moves their cars off the lot each year for the 9/11 Memorial Run to allow the bikers to use the space. The Clinton Township Fire Company has hosted the 9/11 Ride since 2011.
When Chief Winder finished sharing the history of the company, he highlighted some of the changes over the years, including that in addition to putting out fires they also have an ambulance and a SCUBA team. SCUBA teams are rare and they serve all over the state of Pennsylvania.
The ceremony concluded with everyone getting invited to go outside and see the new fire engine that was just rolling in for the first time. The doors and compartments of the truck were opened and everyone was welcome to get a closer look. The new engine is much larger and better equipped than their previous one. The company then served refreshments.