On October 9th, 2021 the Association held their 115th Anniversary and Awards Banquet. The following awards were presented at that time.
Pio Zapasodi Congressional Award
This award is name after the late Pio Zappasodi, a long time member of the Delaware County Firemen's Association who represented the 8th District on the Executive Board. This award is presented yearly by former Congressman Weldon, to a person who has helped the Fire Service in Delaware County
The 2021 recipient is: John R. Lloyd
The 2021 recipient is John R. Lloyd. John started his career at Bethel Township Hose Co. No. 1 at the age of 14. John came through the ranks and held all offices except Chief. John is also a life member of Bethel and Aston Township where he held chief for 13 years. He is also an active member of Concordville for 7 years, and an honorary member of Chester Heights Fire Company.
John has also served as an instructor at the fire training center. John also served in the United States Army and reserves for 8 years and got years before Desert Storm. He has accommodations for building and trench rescue and for a stand by at 911 center. He took over the Fire Marshal Job and is now Fire Commissioner for Delaware County Firemens Association. He is also active as a Fire Police Officer and heads up the Move over the Law in the county trying to spread the word on Highway Safety. John has been a member of the fire service for the last 55 years.
The Business of the Year Award is presented annually to a business or corporation, in Delaware County that has contributed to the benefit, welfare or improvement of the Fire Service in an outstanding manner.
The 2021 Business of the year is: Captain Jimmy Price of Rock Bottom Fishing Charters who has been a big contributor in our fundraising efforts with fishing trips.
Harry Maitland Lifetime Achievement Award
The Harry Maitland Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a member of the Delaware County Firemen's Association who has shown life long devotion, support, and commitment to the Fire Service of Delaware County in an outstanding manner. Any member in good standing of the Association is eligible to be nominated by any individual member or organization member in good standing for this award.
The 2021 recipient is: Robert Blithe
This year's recipient is Robert Blithe, Newtown Square Fire Company # 1
Bob joined Newtown Square Fire Company Fire Company # 1 in May of 1973. Bob worked his way up through the ranks as a Junior FF at the age of 16. He proceeded with his fire education FF1 & 2, Asst. vehicle rescue instructor, EMT, Asst. Engineer, Chief Engineer, 1st & 2nd Vice President, President & Fire Police Officer. Bob has received many awards from the fire company. Member of DCFA since 2004 and has served as District Director. 1st & 2nd Vice President and President for 3 years. He is currently Director of Information Technology and Financial Secretary since 2013. Bob is also a Master Mason of Community Lodge # 744.
The Association honored the following Life Members for Thirty Years of Service
Frank J. Foglio Jr.
Thomas N. Micozzie
Ira Kerber III
Charles M. Lillie
John W. Metzler Jr.
Robert R. Baxter, Jr. Fire Fighter of The Year
The Robert R. Baxter, Jr. Firefighter of the year award is presented to a member of the Delaware County Firemen's Association for outstanding or meritorious effort on behalf of the Fire Service. Any member in good standing of the Association is eligible to be nominated by any individual member or organization member in good standing for this award. The 2021 recipient is Judy B. Kirby, from the Rocky Run Fire Company and S.M. Vauclain Fire Company. Life Member Judy has served in the fire service since 1974 to present as a volunteer as well as a career staff/ instructor. In 1974 she joined the Rose Tree Fire Company. She relocated to Chester Heights after her marriage and joined the Chester Heights Fire Company and learned the business of Firefighting from Chief Sam Ward. After having three boys she moved back to Media and joined Media Fire Company as an EMT to run the ambulance and also served as Secretary. She was a Firefighter with Rose Tree Fire Company and Chester Heights where she served as Captain, Secretary, and President. Judy is also an active member of Rocky Run Fire Company where she served as Captain and Secretary before the merger of Lima Fire Company & Lenni Heights Fire Companies.
Judy is very much involved with Delaware County Firemen's Association, she has served them well. Over the years she has held the position of secretary, 1st vice president, President and Chairman of the Board, she has been re-elected to continue to serve as President for DCFA. Judy is also Past Matron of Media Chapter # 511 Order of Eastern Star.