Second District VFD&RS Celebrates 73rd Anniversary Installation of Officers
By Vice President Michael (Mike) Roberts
February 13, 2024

On Saturday, February 3, 2024, members of the SDVFD&RS and Auxiliary, as well as invited guests celebrated their 73rd Anniversary Installation of Officers and Awards Banquet.
Rocky Woodburn, of Lexington Park VRS was the Master of Ceremonies throughout the evening.
Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad filled in for our emergency services crews, and the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department stood by to cover for fire responses.
Following opening remarks, a delicious dinner prepared by Rita B Catering was served and enjoyed by all.
Pat Hassler, President of the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and Becky Wathen, Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Maryland State Firemen’s Association, swore in the Department and Auxiliary officers respectively.
Past President Blair Swann, Auxiliary President George Starks, and Chief Ben Windsor presented awards, assisted by Maryland State Delegate Todd Morgan, and St. Mary's Commissioner Eric Colvin.
A highlight of the evening occurred when Auxiliary President George Starks and Auxiliary Vice President Ray Carter presented the Department with a check for $50,000.
Following presentations, members and guests relaxed with dancing and music provided by DJ Donnie Carter.
Many thanks to the Installation Committee of Brandy Nelson, Mike Wilson, Carol Boehm, Blair Swann, Ray Carter, and Susan Joy.

Length of Service Awards were presented as follows;
Ricky Poston 5 years
Aaron Nelson 10 years
Robbie Springer 15 years
Scott Raley 20 years
Jay Rodgers 20 years
Adam Bodnar 25 years and Life Member
Jason Bean 30 years
Danny Henderson 30 years
Gary Joy 30 years
Joe Scrivener 45 years
Auxiliary Length of Service;
Agnes Birch 5 years
Luke Mattingly 10 years
Sandy Mattingly 10 years
Brandon Martin 10 years

Special and Administrative Awards were presented as follows;
Harry Koehler Award: Carol Boehm
President's Award: Diana Little
Chief's Award: Matt Rogers
EMS Rookie of the Year: Wade Gahl
Fire Rookie of the Year: Darrick Henderson
EMS Provider of the Year: Dan Browne
Firefighter of the Year: Darrick Henderson

All photos courtesy of Mike Wilson, SDVFD&RS Photographer