Reese VFC Engine 92 Community Send Off Celebration
By 2nd Vice President Kati Townsley
December 29, 2021

The members of the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company invited the Community as well as surrounding fire companies to join them on Wednesday, December 29th at 7 PM for a Community Send-Off Celebration for retired Engine 92, which will be heading to Fulton County (KY) Fire and Rescue.

Reese VFC Chief Ken Hyde welcomed the large crowd of first responders, community members, and business leaders who made substantial contributions to the campaign had gathered on the parking lot surrounded by emergency apparatus and company vehicles of campaign supporters.

Recognition was given by Cheif Hyde to Reese Chair of the Board, Kati Townsley for her efforts and contributions of launching the "Reese VFC Engine for Fulton, KY" aka "The Little Engine that Could" fundraising campaign and its tremendous success. Townsley offered brief remarks before inviting Reese VFC Chaplin Ted Wilson to the podium to offer a blessing and prayer for the safe transport of the Engine by John Alban of Baltimore Recycling Center and of the Container of Supplies by Patrick Leibowitz of Rockdale Towing.

District 2 Commissioner Richard Weaver offer words of congratulations to the Community and Reese for making such a positive gesture of gratitude to Fulton County and offered Carroll County Challenge Coins and County Seal lapel pins to be shared with the Fulton County Fire & Rescue Community.

Townsley then offered gracious appreciation and recognition to several community businesses who stepped up to help in significant ways with this Campaign. They then shared why it was important for them to support the Campaign which was benefiting Fulton County, KY.

Jack Haden, owner of Baltimore Recycling Center who donated a truck, low-boy trailer, and a driver to transport the engine to Kentucky.

John Alban, a Baltimore Recycling Center employee and Essex Volunteer Fire Dept. member who is to transport the engine to Kentucky.

Terry Smack, owner of Terry's Tag & Title Service who donated the cost of fuel to cover the transport of the engine to and from Kentucky.

Bruce Leibowitz, owner of Rockdale Towing who donated a truck and driver to transport the container of supplies to Kentucky when Reese VFC members head to Fulton in January.

Patrick Flowers, an employee of Rockdale Towing who will be driving the transport vehicle with the container of supplies to Kentucky in January.

The Krieger Family, owners of Defender One Security who made a significant cash donation to the campaign and are covering the cost of travel and lodging of the Reese VFC personnel who are going to Fulton, Kentucky in January.

The Kratchovil Family, owners of Wicked Customs, LLC, also made a significant cash donation to the campaign and traveled to numerous area fire companies to collect the tools, hoses, and appliances. Additionally, they created all of the custom signage and appeal for the campaign.

Darrell Cornett, owner of First Response Emergency Lighting for the donation of over $3,500 worth of new emergency lighting, mounts, and other miscellaneous materials.

To Mr. Dale Barnes and the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary for their $500 donations each totaling $1,000 towards the Company's efforts.

To the following Fire Companies and Community Businesses who donated thousands of dollars worth of supplies, tools, and appliances to help rebuild the Fulton County Fire & Rescue:

Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Company
Upperco Volunteer Fire Company
New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company
Westminster Volunteer Fire Company
Gamber Volunteer Fire Company
Winfield Volunteer Fire Company
Essex Volunteer Fire Company
Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company
Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company
Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company
Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company
Howard County Fire Department
C&O Distributors

Chief Hyde recognized and thanked Life Member and Past Chief Howard Link, who along with a committee, built the specks for the original build and purchase of Engine 92 and who helped to maintain the engine for the last 21 years.

Additional recognition was given to the Community at Large who helped to raise over $14,000 and to the Members of the Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company for their decision to make this generous donation possible.

Donors and supporters then had the opportunity for photos with the engine before it departed the Station one last time.

Donations are still being accepted and can be made to the Reese VFC “Little Engine that Could” fundraising campaign to assist with the transport of the engine to Kentucky via check made payable to Reese VFC and mailed to Reese VFC 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, MD 21157 or electronically at If mailing a check, note that it is for the ‘Fulton Co. Engine Donation.'