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The 2013 Santa Express is now history.
The Alpha Fire Company says thank you to the Centre Region Council of Governments for permitting this event and to the citizens of the Centre Region for their support and encouragement. We appreciate the tokens of gratitude.
Special thanks again this year to Dennis and Valerie Hampton, Matthew and Alaina Hampton-Steinbugl for cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the Santa Express Crews.
Food for all the meals was provided by the Joni Teaman Spearly Group of Kissinger, Bigatel, and Brower Realtors. The group consists of:
- Joni Teaman Spearly
- Alaina Hampton Steinbugl
- Katie Prestia
- Lindsey Rimmey
- Brenda Lingle
You can find the route for Alpha Fire Company’s annual Santa Express on Christmas Eve 2013. Click on the link below.
You can also track Santa in real time through the work of Nittany Amateur Radio Club members Carmine, K3CWP and Woody, K3YV. They have provided beacons to install in the Alpha Fire trucks carrying Santa. Just go to the website,
and enter State College, PA in the ‘Address, city, or locator’ block. You will seen Santa as he moves through the Centre Region.
The Alpha’s will also be posting Twitter updates from time to time during the Express. Look for hash tag #alphasantarun.
State High grad and Alpha Member, David Felice also coaches the State College Area High School cross country track team. Dave’s team took 4th place at the PIAA championships in Hershey, PA on November 2nd. Check out the article in the Centre Daily Times. Dave was a member of the track team when he attended State High and has maintained his interest in running. His full time job is Fire Inspector for the Centre Region Code Office. Congratulations to Dave and his team.
Alpha Firefighters Clifford Lutz and Carmine Prestia took Quint 527 and Kubota 539 to the State College Borough Resource Fair on Saturday, October 5th between 11:00 and 14:00. The apparatus was wildly popular with children of all ages but mostly the younger set. They loved climbing on board, ‘driving’ the rigs, and touching and examining everything.
Adults asked a lot of questions about how we work and many are surprised to find that the Company is all volunteer. Two German natives were quite interested in the IFEX gun since it’s origin is German. They heard a detailed explanation from Firefighter Lutz. One man was astounded to find out that our membership includes PSU employees, police officers, students, a judge – people from all walks of life. Firefighter Prestia explained the history of the Company and how we maintain our memberships.
Membership applications were available on a table in the lobby of the Municipal Building set up with the Company information board. In addition to these displays Assistant Chief Kauffman in his role as COG Emergency Manager staffed a display on Emergency Preparedness.
Thanks to Elaine Prestia and Pete Weiss for the photos.
On July 13, 2013 Centre Region Council of Governments Fire Director Steve Bair announced that he will present two Unit Citations for actions at the 470 Waupelani Drive apartment building fire on July 4, 2013. The fire was reported at 8:15 PM and was already well involved through the roof when Alpha Fire Company units arrived. Director Bair’s comments follow. UPDATE Photos of the awards ceremony can be seen here:
Alpha Fire Company helped out at the Spikes ‘Splash Day’ on Monday July 22d. Tower 516 and a cellar nozzle provided a cooling shower of water for a bunch of happy kids on a very hot day. Participating members were Asst. Chief Martin and Firefighters Bill Markle, Cliff Lutz, Andrew Prestia, and Ali Warren.
On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, Assistant Chief Tony Berrena was honored by the Sunshine Rotary Club of State College during a special session of their breakfast meeting. Chief Berrena was recognized for his dedication and continuing contributions to the Alpha Fire Company, its individual members, and the community it serves. The recognition criteria was based on the Rotary Club’s 4-way test which seeks to guide individuals and businesses to make fair and equitable decisions that support the greater good. Once each year Rotary will focus on community groups serving the greater good and honor individuals from within those groups who are nominated by their respective organizations. This year first responders were the group of choice and Chief Berrena was nominated by the Alpha Fire Company.
Others recognized this morning were Norm Spackman from Boalsburg Fire Company, Terri Merdes from Centre LifeLink EMS, and a volunteer responder with University EMS.
Congratulations to Chief Berrena for this well deserved recognition.
Our thanks to the following local businesses who contributed door prizes that were given out during the Awards Banquet on April 13th: