HIGHLIGHTS OF FIFTY YEARS 1960 - 2012
1960-1961 Several men from Monaghan Township who wanted to improve the township’s fire protection joined Lisburn Community Fire Company. Lisburn agreed to station one of their trucks (an army surplus truck with a tank built by Lisburn members) at the Monaghan Township building. The members from Monaghan Township used this truck to respond to calls with Lisburn. They also collected donations for Lisburn from Monaghan Township residents. Lester Graham was president of Lisburn Fire Company and Harold Turbett was fire chief.
March 1962 With the encouragement of numerous township residents, the group of firefighters from Monaghan Township decided it would be best to have their own fire company. They began planning to create the company and solicited township residents for donations and members.
Mar. 26, 1962 Organizational meeting held.
Apr. 11, 1962 Purchased Dodge truck from Doug O’Handley.
Apr. 25, 1962 Charter and incorporation approved. The company used the township building for meetings and to house the fire truck. Lisburn continued to provide support by loaning equipment to the company and providing valuable guidance and advice. Dale Dentler was Lisburn president and Harold Turbett was fire chief. Lloyd Sultzbaugh also assisted.
Jun. 16, 1962 First fire company fund-raiser. Car wash and bake sale at
Donson’s Garage raised $68.
Jul. 21, 1962 First festival at Donson’s Garage. $858.69 profit
Sep. 15, 1962 First ham dinner at Donson’s Garage
Oct. 26, 1962 First block shoot at Donson’s Garage
Dec. 1962 Santa Claus rode the fire truck to three churches in the
township and visited with 150 children.
Feb. 1, 1963 Published first edition of “Hose Line”
Feb. 5, 1963 Joined Cumberland County fire radio network
Mar. 1, 1963 Ladies Auxiliary purchased new siren
May 3, 1966 Voted to purchase 11 ¼ acres from M.W. Sowers
Jun. 4, 1966 Began construction of pavilion
Jul. 23, 1966 First festival on company property
Nov. 1966 “Block Building” engine house built
Jan. 3, 1967 First company meeting in pavilion
Jan. 23, 1969 Train wreck at Grantham
March 1969 Accepted first Carroll Township contract. Fire company
received $40 and Firemen’s Relief received $29.06.
June 1972 Hurricane Agnes.
Aug. 5, 1972 Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Feb. 1973 First fire company banquet
Mar. 6, 1973 Softball team started.
1973 Fire report: Total calls-41, Monaghan-22, Upper Allen-9,
Carroll-6, Warrington-1, Monroe-1, Dillsburg-1,
Jan. 8, 1974 Minimum age for membership lowered to sixteen. It was later lowered to fourteen and a Junior Firefighter program was started.
Apr 1, 1975 New building construction authorized.
Jul. 18, 1975 Friday night added to festival.
Aug. 1975 Block shoots ended.
Sep. 1975 Hurricane Eloise. Members used a boat to rescue three residents from a house surrounded by water.
May 1, 1976 First event in new building. (Haring wedding reception)
Mar. 28 - Three Mile Island accident. Members and ladies auxiliary
Apr. 5, 1979 staffed the station, prepared to take emergency action,
monitored radiation levels, and distributed information
sheets to every home.
Jun. 5, 1979 First female (Alice Hartman) joined the fire company.
Jul. 20, 1979 First festival in new building
May 1981 Soup house / barbecue pit construction started.
Sep. 1982 Started construction of kitchen addition to accommodate new walk-in freezer.
Sep. 4, 1984 Began bingo games.
Dec. 1984 Betty Jo Hanshaw (first female officer) elected assistant
Aug. 1985 Building mortgage paid off.
Nov. 5, 1988 Airplane crash on Nell’s Hill
Oct. 25-27, Engine and Rescue 67 responded to riot and fires at State 1989 Correctional Institution at Camp Hill.
1994 First Fishing Show and Flea Market
May 31, 1997 Elicker house fire
Aug. 15, 1997 Firefighter’s funeral for Chief Sylvester Fletcher Jr.
Jul. 16, 2005 Last festival
Aug. 12, 2010 Christ Lutheran (Filey’s) Church fire
2011 Fire report: Total calls-180, Monaghan Township-45,
Carroll-74, Warrington-15, Franklin-13, Upper Allen-12, Fairview-8, Dillsburg-6, Wellsville-2, Lower Allen-2, Washington Twp-2, Lower Allen-2, Dover Twp-1
May 19, 2012 Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration