The Midway Volunteer Fire Company Honor Guard was formed in 1999 when one of our life members George Stover became terminally ill. It had always been his dream for the Fire Company to have an Honor Guard. The Fire Company wanted to ensure that George would be able to see his dream come true. Before his passing a short time later, George was able to see the Honor Guard posting the colors for the first time at the annual Fire Company Banquet. A short time later the Honor Guard stood its first silent watch at a viewing and performed funeral duties for the first time. George Stover a Life Member of the Midway Volunteer Fire Company passed away on April 7, 2000.
The Honor Guard Team Members
- Dave Hathaway, Captain
- Herb Hess, Sergeant
- Mark Chaikin, Sergeant
- Lee Forsyth
- Hugh Hager
- Paul Hurst
- Corey Loux
- Mark Matakonis
- Bill Rowe
- Dave Shapp
Today the members of the Honor Guard continues to expand its involvement in honoring firefighters who are killed in the line of duty and their families. Since 2002, the Honor Guard has participated each year in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The mission of the Midway Volunteer Fire Company Honor Guard is to honor the memory of our fallen firefighters, along with their accomplishments and lifelong commitment to community service. We will endeavor to provide comfort, support and strength to their surviving family members, and ensure that the service and sacrifices of both the firefighters and their families are never forgotten.
The Honor Guard has assisted in the planning and execution of numerous fire service funerals, and memorial services. Our Honor Guard can provide and identify needed resources, as well as provide guidance, planning tools and information on funeral protocols to any department affected by the death of a member. The objective is to assist a department throughout the planning stages with a pre-planned guide covering many options. This is a great help when you are also dealing with the emotions and disbelief that surrounds a sudden loss of a member either as a result of a line-of-duty death or from a non-line-of-duty death.
We can also provide the training necessary to the affected department on ceremonial activities and protocols. The focus is to have the affected department honor its own firefighter and for our Honor Guard to provide support if needed. In the event that a department is just so overwhelmed with all of the activities, our Honor Guard would then offer to provide the services requested. If you have questions or you would like Honor Guard training, please e-mail the Honor Guard at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
In addition to this, the Honor Guard serves as a Color Guard and presents the colors at various functions including:
– Annual Fire Company Banquet
– Annual Central Bucks County Chamber of Commerce Burpee Fire Service Awards Dinner
– Annual Bucks County Fire Police Dinner
– Participated in filming of the movie “Ladder 49”.