An annual tradition continued in 2010 with the Santa Run through the Flourtown Gardens area of the Township. Held each Christmas Eve for over 50 years the community has embraced the trek of St. Nick through the neighborhoods and parties and family reunions are actually planned around it. Originally conceived by Rosemary Samtmann and Lou McGettigan in 1957 the Run has grown in popularity and children of all ages enjoy welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus on the rear of Ladder 6 each Dec. 24th. A similar run happens in Erdenheim on the Sunday prior to Christmas yet is much younger having started in 2000. Photos by Bob Wilmot, Jr.
100th Anniversary Banquet
Flourtown Fire Company gathered on Saturday November 20, 2010 to conclude its Century of Service events with its annual awards banquet. Normandy Farm and Coleman Restaurant was the location of the cocktail party and banquet. President Tim Ernst welcomed the firefighters, their guests and others from area fire companies, the township and friends of the fire company. He read a excerpt from Charlie Samtmann’s history of Flourtown Fire Company which would be presented to all those in attendance later in the evening. He introduced Thomas Timoney, Esq. a longtime friend of the fire company and honorary life member to address the crowd as our guest speaker.
Tom spoke of his earliest memories of the fire company – its annual Flourtown Fair – which ran from 1920 to 1951. And he also spoke of the dedication of those in the fire company and his long relationship with the company and its members.
President Ernst then introduced the Rev. Marcia Thompson and Treasurer Ron Valentine for the invocation and toast prior to every sitting down to a delicious meal. After dinner Chief George Wilmot, III and President Ernst introduced their guests and Banquet Chairman Rob Brzezinski presented the following awards:
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Thank You for Celebrating with Flourtown Fire Co.
A Century of Service
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Community Carnival and Fireworks
The Carnival and Fireworks were an overwhelming success! Thank you to everyone who came out. We were in awe of the crowd and the response we received for our free Community Carnival and Grand Fireworks display. We have hundreds of photos of the event and will be sharing them here soon. We still have Cookbooks, T-Shirts and Pint Glasses for sale to commemorate the 100th Anniversary and we appreciate your support.
In 1910, Flourtown was started to save lives and property and our mission remains the same today. Starting at 4PM our free community carnival with food, drinks and plenty of fun and games for the kids was packed with families, friends and a turnout estimated at over 1,000 people. As dusk settled 1,000’s joined us as we celebrated the fire company and remember all those that lost their lives on that fateful day nine years ago, 9/11/01.
It was our way of saying thank you to the community for 100 years of support.
Command 6 Now in Service
Northwestern Ave. Water Rescue
Saturday, March 13th at 20:18 hrs Station 6 (Flourtown), Rescue and Boat 82 (Wyndmoor), and Rescue 29 (Barren Hill) were dispatched to the area of Northwestern Ave. and Germantown Pk. for the water rescue. Chief 6 arrived on scene to find a van, that had driven around a barricade and a gate, stalled in approx. 4 ft of water with two occupants. Crews arrived on scene and were ordered to attempt to walk out to the van, while Boat 82 was prepared to be launched in case the current was to strong to walk in. The crew walking out to the van reported back they were able to make it to the van and they were in the process of removing the occupants. Occupants were checked out at the scene by Springfield (311) Ambulance. Crews cleared at 20:50 hrs.