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Signed on June 07, 2022 at 4:47 AM
Name: Bruce A Cook
Rank/Title: Captain Rescue
Location: Flora, Illinois Flora/Clay County ESDA

Just wanted to drop a note to let you know that our R651 ( your retired Rescue Squad 10 ) doesn't know how old she is! She is still working just as hard as ever and looking good doing it! We are still getting compliments on how good she looks.
Will try to get some pics to you.
Be safe in these trying times.

Signed on August 28, 2020 at 11:07 AM
Name: Ron Block

also member of Cape St. Claire Volunteer Fire Co. No. 19 in Annapolis.

Very nice website.

Signed on December 20, 2019 at 6:18 PM
Name: Mary C Lowe
Web Address: 8874 Sparrow Ct

The kids across the street, when they heard the sirens, were squealing with delight. "It's Santa!" It is a joy to see you every year. Thank you for everything that you do.

Is there a "donate" link that I'm not seeing on your page? I got the donation envelope but I'm afraid that it got lost in the flotsam and jetsam of the holiday.

Signed on June 17, 2015 at 11:15 PM
Name: Donna Gilroy
Location: Caney ks

I used to be on the fire department when I was living in Maryland

Signed on June 17, 2015 at 11:04 PM
Name: Donna Gilroy
Location: Caney ks

I used to be on the fire department when I was living in Maryland

Signed on August 22, 2014 at 8:11 AM
Name: Tina Simms

Trying to find out about the golf tournament. Would like to sign up a team my contact info is 301-751-4221

Signed on May 13, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Name: David Jordan
Location: Accokeek VFD

I just wanted to thank Chief 10 and Chief 10B and the members of Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Department for helping us escort our fallen brother Donnie into the funeral home. I was so proud of the display and support we got from you and Laplata. From the bottom of my heart thank you. I know Donnie is proud of last night.

Signed on October 01, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Name: Tom Simpson
Location: United States

Sorry to hear that Alex Frye passed away. Alex was a friend and a BAVFD brother. We ran many calls together while I was a member. I know he will be missed by all.

Tom Simpson

Signed on June 18, 2012 at 2:44 AM
Name: Charlie Jones
Web Address:

Wonderful site. Really enjoyed the photos. Keep up the great work!

Signed on February 25, 2012 at 6:56 PM
Name: Natasha Barnes

hello, my father Ed Barnes was a life time member, he died in 2000 and i was wondering if anyone at the station or anyone who knew my father at the station had pictures of my father in action, on calls ,ect. please feel free if so to email me those pictures thank you very much keep up the good work
sincerly, Natasha Barnes Daughter of George Edward Barnes

Signed on December 11, 2011 at 9:07 PM
Name: Paul & Kelly Quickle
Location: Mariellen Park

Thank you so much for bringing Santa through the neighborhoods every year. This year was the best ever! You guys really put on a show with all the equipment, and Santa was terrific! Happy holidays to you and yours!

Signed on November 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Name: Teresa Schroat
Location: Bel Alton, MD

Nice to know you are near.

Signed on October 24, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Name: George Pyle III
Location: Southren Maryland

I always have enjoyed your website as well I always visit it very often.

Have a happy & safe halloween.

Signed on April 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Name: Lynn Strybing
Rank/Title: Accokeek VFD Aux Pres./member of CBIVFD aux
Location: Cobb Island, MD

I would like to congratulate two of your members, Chris and Christan Strybing, on their marriage (March 26, 2011). Pop and I wish you many happy years.

Signed on April 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM
Name: Jessica Lumpkins
Location: Leonardtown Maryland

As many of you know from previous fund raising, my lil cousin ADAM LUMPKINS has been battling leukemia for 3 years now. He recently relapsed. Now having it in his eye and bone marrow. Treatment and daily living is getting rather expensive. We as a family are all coming together to do different benefits to help his family in time of need.... A benefit golf tournament has been scheduled for June 30 at 9 am. it will be held at Breton Bay Golf and country club.
Please email me for more information!!!! as EMS providers...his parent s and the rest of us as family appreciate all your support!!!!! so come out June 30 and be one of ADAM'S ANGELS!!!!

Signed on April 07, 2011 at 7:38 AM
Name: Deb Gerondakis
Rank/Title: Administrative/Auxiliary Member, CIVFD
Location: Cobb Island, MD

I visited BAVFD for the first time on 4/6/11 and was impressed with the size of the station! I read your history and could't help but smile at the stories of your beginnings and the antics all the co-founders went through!

When the Auxiliary puts on fundraisers of any kind and requires help, I would be happy to assist!

Signed on February 07, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Name: Samantha Barnes
Location: Mechanicsville, MD

Hello, My father was a Life Time member, Ed Barnes, he passed away in 2000, and i was wondering if some members have any pictures from when he was there. If so i would greatly appricate if those pictures were e-mailed to me.

Thank You so much :) keep up the good work :)

Signed on December 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM
Name: Brett Garner
Rank/Title: 2nd Lieutenant
Web Address:
Location: Dentsville, MD

Merry Christmas from Dentsville EMS!

Signed on December 15, 2010 at 12:08 AM
Name: Joel Goulet
Rank/Title: Author
Web Address:
Location: Wausau, WI

Thank you for being firefighters and keeping people safe. I applaud your service to your community. Thank you for all that you do. I’d like to let you know about some special Firefighters tribute pages on my website. I set them up to honor firefighters everywhere. If you get a chance, please check them out. Stay safe and have a great day.

Signed on August 02, 2010 at 9:39 PM
Name: Edward Holland III
Rank/Title: Past Chair, Public Relations, Dentsville EMS
Location: Pomfret

August 2, 2010

Post Office Box 181
Pomfret, Maryland 20675

Mr. Jimmy Rose
Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's

Dear Mr. Rose:

Thank you for your service to your country. Your commitment to the local community speaks volumes to your leadership abilities.

By way of introduction, please know that I am a senior Veterans of Foreign Wars officer at the tri-county level. In addition, I have chaired several organizations in Southern Maryland. For example, I am the Immediate Past Chair, Charles County Public School's Ethics Panel and serve as a Past Public Relations Chair, Dentsville EMS & Auxiliary.

I wish to introduce you to two of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' citations: VFW National Firefighter and VFW National Emergency Medical Technician Citation.


Any individual who actively fights fires as a member of any public or volunteer company organized to fight fires and give assistance to our nation's citizens.

Nominations must be received by November 1, 2010 by your local VFW Posts. To find a VFW Post nearest you, please visit or .


Any individual, who actively gives emergency medical treatment, provides rescue service or
civil disaster assistance as a member of any public or volunteer company organized to give
emergency medical care, provide rescue and civil disaster assistance to out nation's citizens.

Nominations must be received by November 1, 2010 by your local VFW Posts. To find a VFW Post nearest you, please visit or .

I hope that you agree with me that these programs go a long way to show the VFW's interest in promoting our first responders. Having said that, please feel free to disseminate the aforementioned programs as you deem appropriate.

Moreover, I will need a panel of judges to review applications. I would gladly accept a list of willing and able seasoned first responders who are interested in serving on a panel.

Should you have any questions, I can be reached at or 301.848.3476.

Semper Fidelis,

Edward Holland III
District Chairman, Aforesaid Committees


Signed on March 27, 2010 at 1:51 PM
Name: Dianne
Rank/Title: n/a
Location: brooklyn, ny

Stumbled on your website while looking in to my grandmother's home town of Bel Alton MD and see that there are a lot of Hayden's in your company. Could it be that they are related to her (and me?). Her name was Edna Helen Hayden before she married my grandfather (William Kamper) and moved to NYC. I believe she had a sister Genevieve and quite a few other brothers and sisters. Her father owned a general store and was post master. If anyone is related to us, drop me a line at the email above, thanks.

Signed on March 04, 2010 at 12:10 AM
Name: Robert F. Beall
Rank/Title: Detective Sergeant, Burke County Sheriff's Office
Location: Morganton, North Carolina

It was sad to hear of the passing of Joe Gragan. He was an excellent Chief while I was stationed there in the Late 80's/ Early 90's. My memories of those days are some of the greatest memories of my life.

Joe was a great mentor and friend. The town of Bel Alton has truely lost one of its pillars.

Robert F. Beall
Detective Sergeant, Major Crimes Division
Burke County Sheriff's Office
Morganton, North Carolina

Signed on February 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM
Name: Tom Simpson
Location: Jacksonville FL.

I'm saddened by the news of Joe Gragan's passing. I'm proud to say that I served with Joe and counted him as a good friend. My condolences to his family as well as his BAVFD brothers. It's a big loss for everyone.


Signed on February 16, 2010 at 10:24 AM
Name: Dale Hupp
Rank/Title: Life Member Co. 51

I know losing Joe Gragan is a huge loss to your organization. I've known Joe for many years, and always liked being in his presence whether on a rescue call, social event, or his family business. Please extend my sympathy to Joe's family and the BAVFD family.

Dale Hupp

Signed on February 15, 2010 at 8:39 AM
Name: Buffy Lytton
Rank/Title: Life Member - Co. 51
Location: Waldorf, MD

My condolences to your station for the loss of Joe Gragan. Joe was a gentle giant who just made me smile. I had the honor of running many many calls with Joe and working with him on other EMS/Fire related projects. When I think back on my EMS career, there are so many people who hold a special place in my heart and Joe Gragan will always be one of those people. RIP my dear sweet friend.

Signed on February 07, 2010 at 11:04 PM
Name: Tom Simpson
Location: Jacksonville Fla.

Former BAVFD member. Nice job with the website.
I do miss being a member. Say hello to the old-timers for me!

Signed on August 04, 2009 at 12:07 PM
Name: Kevin Banagan
Location: SDVFD

The 7th District Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Police/Fire/Rescue softball touranment on Sept. 26 and 27 in St Marys County. For more information or if would like to sign your department up to play, please contact me at or 240-577-2677.

The cost is $250.00 per team.

Kevin Banagan

Signed on June 29, 2009 at 8:54 PM
Name: Curtis Cecil

My family and I just moved into town down the road. My kids are loving being able to walk down and see the trucks when the doors are open. Look forward to meeting some of you soon and possibly talking about what it takes to be a volunteer.

Signed on April 27, 2009 at 9:44 PM
Name: Tony Kapela
Rank/Title: 2nd Asst. Chief
Location: Madison, MD

Hey guys just stopped in to say hi again and to tell you your new tanker looks great. I hope I can come ride again with you guys, I really enjoyed myself a couple of years ago. All of you guys are great and treated me like I was a member. STAY SAFE

Signed on April 24, 2009 at 7:50 PM
Name: George Pyle III
Location: Northen St.Marys

Just would like to tell you men and women of the BAVFD that your new tanker as well as all your appartus is some of the best I have seen yet.

Very Best To All Of You.

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