Mill Creek Fire Company - Delaware

History


Company Attending the Jaycee Christmas Parade in 1981
Harry Chambers was elected the first Fire Chief and remained active with the fire company until his death at 90 years of age. He rode on the trucks and watched the younger firemen right up to the end. The original seven members were Julian Morgan, Walter Hubert, Edward Brittingham, George McQuirk, Belford McGuirk, Frank Cooper and Raymond Lamborn. At the second meeting held the following week George Stubbles and Sylvester Brittingham joined the group and at the third meeting, Charles Mergenthaler, Sr., Harry Chambers, Charlie Scheneckenburg and Millard Speakman joined up. The present fire station on Kirkwood Highway is the third building the firemen have occupied and they moved into it in 1956 after completion of construction at a cost of $150,000. It was remodeled and expanded in 1965 at a cost of $350,000. They presently have over half a million dollars worth of equipment.

In the upstairs lounge and meeting room, a handsomely mounted deerhead dominates one wall. I assumed one of the firemen had shot it, but the story is that the fire department's ambulance hit it on their way to an ambulance call. The head was mounted and the meat distributed among the firemen. Humor runs high at the Mill Creek station, and the ambulance crew is fond of pulling practical jokes. With serious expressions, the ambulance crew transported a nurse they all know through their ambulance work to the State Hospital at Farnhurst. She tried to convince them that they were mistaken, but they carted her off and only let her in on the joke when she was really getting worried. A "Christmas Truck" was part of one year's celebration when Santa was taken around on a stretcher.

Bingo is one of the most important fund raising activities at Mill Creek where $1,000 in winnings is given away every Saturday evening. Many retired people play bingo with an expertise that is astounding, often playing sixty or more cards at one time while they knit in between calls. Close circuit TV on the caller and the number balls at all times eliminates any possibility of cheating. Their banquet hall, where bingo is played, can accommodate 600 adults for dinner. It's a long way from the temporary building where it all started, but these firemen have worked hard and deserve all the success they have achieved.

From A History in Flames, The Story of the Volunteer Firemen of the State of Delaware,

by Bonnie Baggett, 1976
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