KEYSER - The oath of office was recently given to the 2017-2018 officers of the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department, an organization that have been in service for 124 years.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The oath of office was recently given to the 2017-2018 officers of the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department, an organization that have been in service for 124 years.
The new officers were told during the installation ceremony, “You as firefighters have the most dangerous occupation, and the most honored.”
The administrative officers are: G. Foley, president; J.E, Teets, vice president; M.T. Cannon, financial secretary; C. Arnold, corresponding secretary; D.C. Harman, treasurer and drill master; S.L. Pratt, hall manager; J.A. Myers, chaplain; T. Weasenforth, three-year trustee; N. Arnold, two-year trustee; and W.E. Harman Sr., one-year trustee.
The line officers include: B.L. Biddle, chief; M.A. Simpson, assistant chief; S.A. Matthews, captain; B.A. Robinson, first assistant captain; J.A. Myers, second assistant captain; M. Satterfield, inspector; W.E. Harman Jr., chief engineer; G.L. Parrish, first assistant engineer; W.E. Harman Sr. second assistant engineer; J.R. Bruce, third assistant engineer; J.E. Teets, fourth assistant engineer, and M.L. Rice, fifth assistant engineer.
Those Keyser firefighters receiving special recognition were J.R. Bruce, Captain’s Award; D.C. Harman, President’s Award; and G.W Parrish, Chief’s Award.
Marshall Younker, deputy chief of Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company, was the guest speaker, and he asked the firefighters present to “Remember those you serve with; the new and the most senior members.”
He said the firefighters may be from different backgrounds, as he suggested that when new firemen are added, “Help them along their journey.”
Younkers added another word to his message with “encourage,” those who will follow you.
He mentioned junior firemen, and told the firefighters, “Show them how the apparatus works, because they are our future.”
Younkers said that a firefighter must show honor “to those that served before, honor the training, and honor the history.”
He gave a description of what firefighters desire to do, and, “They want to help others,” and while accomplishing this, “They see a lot of things that most people will never know about.”
Among other awards given to the Keyser firefighters were to those that answered the most calls from the yearly total of 430 calls.
The top responder with 260 calls was Foley, followed by Myers with 242 calls; G.L. Parrish with 238 calls; G.W, Parrish with 238 calls; and Weasenforth with 208 calls.
A service award for being a 40-year member of Keyser VFD went to G.L. Parrish, and honorary lifetime membership was given to John Hale and Jason Hale