Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bower Hill VFD Turns 90

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bower Hill VFD Turns 90

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please clone as SBOWER0116 after 2nd read. thanks! kfishMembers of the Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Scott will celebrate their organization's 90th birthday Saturday(Jan. 18) at an invitation-only dinner gala at the Hilton Inn Southpointe.

"This is a splurge for us because [the first meeting following officer election] is normally held at the station," said member Ceil Kitchen, the department's secretary and safety officer.

Besides the department's 80 volunteers - 32 of whom are life members - the birthday bash will include members from other township and local fire departments, as well as elected local, county and state officials. About 120 attendees are expected.

The event will include dinner, dancing, proclamations and the installation of officers. Plans call for the recognition of a life member, too.

"It will give us a chance to actively thank the other departments," said Rob Losekamp, 41, who was recently re-elected as department president.

Bower Hill Fire Chief John Levi, 46, who was re-elected fire chief, added, "It's about service to our residents, but it's also about mutual aid to surrounding communities."

Both men have been volunteer firefighters since the age of 14.

The landmark department, situated on a sharp curve on Vanadium Road, was formed in 1924. At that time, Glendale on Carothers Avenue was the only volunteer fire department in Scott and also the only township neighborhood to have fire hydrants. Though it had a hose car, the vehicle was not motorized.

"Basically, it was a bucket brigade," said Kevin Trichtinger, 55, a 36-year member of Bower Hill and a paramedic/supervisor for Tri Community Emergency Medical Service.

Responding to public demand for fire service to Bower Hill, which was made up primarily of mines and farms at the time, Scott leaders approved a public water supply to the area and the fire department was born with 12 members. …

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