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Hunterdon County Commissioners attend parade to celebrate 100th anniversary of Amwell Valley Fire Company

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County Commissioners, Director Zach Rich, John Lanza and Susan Soloway, along with County Sheriff Fred Brown, attended a parade last week in honor of Amwell Valley’s Fire
Company’s (AVFC) 100th Anniversary celebration.

Not even the rain could put a damper on the festivities of the day. The celebration included food, music, various antique displays of fire memorabilia and vintage cars.

“This 100th Anniversary of the Amwell Valley Fire Company is testament to the strength of the organization and its members. For the last 100 years, many volunteer firefighters have given of their time and talents to ensure the safety of people both in East Amwell Township as well as the surrounding area. We thank them for all they have done in the safety, organization, and care for those in their community,” Soloway said.

The Hunterdon County Commissioners at their May 16 board meeting awarded proclamations, to the AVFC, as well as to 50-year member, and parade Grand Marshal, David Bond Sr. Both proclamations recognized the loyal public service and steadfast dedication of the 50+ members of the 100% volunteer fire company, that has assisted the citizens of East Amwell Township since 1923.

“The ongoing contributions to public safety made by the Amwell Valley Fire Company cannot be overstated. This centennial anniversary is a significant milestone and a testament to the men and women that makeup this wonderful organization. I could not think of a better Grand Marshal to help mark the occasion than Dave Bond, Sr. who is not only a 50-year member of the Amwell Valley Fire Company, but also a respected member of the agricultural community, and local civic leader,” Rich said.

AVFC has gone through many changes over the years, including the methods and equipment used to rescue victims and fight fires. All volunteer members are required to attend fire school and study the basics of firefighting.

In addition, they participate in many special advanced courses such as officer training, handling of hazardous materials and pump school among others.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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