Events & Information
3rd Annual Toy Collection
Saturday, November 15, 2008
by Karen Munroe
On Saturday, November 15, 2008,
the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association (WVFA) Station 76
and Bungay Fire Brigade (BFB) Station 77 held its 3rd
annual toy collection. Although wind and rain
prevailed throughout the day, a continuous stream of
community members from Woodstock, neighboring towns and
beyond, delivered 598 toys and monetary donations (which
will be used to purchase additional toys). The generosity of
the community was tremendous, demonstrating the spirit of
giving in these difficult economic times. Each year’s
collection has exceeded the previous year, and this year was
no exception. All of the toys will be distributed to
families in Woodstock and surrounding towns. If you wish to
make a donation, please drop off a new toy at the Woodstock
Volunteer Fire Association, 399 Route 169 (next to the Town
Hall), Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Donations will be accepted through December 1, 2008.
WVFA and BFB wish to thank everyone for their generosity,
which is certain to put smiles on the faces of many children
this holiday season.
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Fifty Years of Service to the Community
by Chief Timothy Young
Woodstock Vol. Fire Assoc. would like to recognize Harold R.
Bishop for Fifty Years of Service to the community as an
active member of the Department.
joined the Department
August 8, 1958. His contributions to this Department have helped to build a
strong foundation for our future. His active participation
has been and continues to be an inspiration to those that
first fifty years Harold’s contributions to our Department
are too many to possibly mention in full, so I will touch on
Member of many assoc. committees
Member of the Quinebaug Valley Fire Chiefs
Active department fundraiser
Past member of the WEMS
Past line officer most recent 1972-1982 as
And under highlights, I would be remiss if
I didn’t mention the apple cider at every
possible. (Harold is the owner of Woodstock
ways to me personally Harold has been a mentor. His
experience and active participation have been an inspiration
to me. As Chief of the WVFA, a member of this Department
and Community I would like to take this opportunity to say
Woodstock Station 76
EMS Training Session with Local Paramedics
Paramedic Instructors: Peter Cardillo & Mike Morran
Bungay Fire Brigade 77, Muddy
Brook Fire 75 & Woodstock Volunteer Fire Assoc. 76
members listening to the paramedics.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
by Don Chrzan
22nd, WVFA hosted Paramedics Peter Cardillo and Mike
Morran, who illustrated how Emergency Medical
Technicians can assist them in improving patient care
both on-scene and during transport to the nearest
medical facility. Both Paramedics have had extensive
training and have many years of experience between them.
Left to Right: MRT Steve
Jorjorian, MRT Charles Jackman & "patient" EMT Don
Chrzan doing a practical exercise.
Woodstock’s fire departments work very closely with
local paramedics. It was important to have
representatives from each department present during the
training session. Training was hands on which
included how Emergency Medical Technicians “EMTs” can
assist paramedics in IV therapy, proper EKG lead
placements, and assisting medics in intubation when
requested. A general overall
view of how EMTs can improve patient care concluded the
Woodstock Emergency Medical Services and WVFA would like
to thank Peter and Mike for their dedication to the
medical field, and for sharing their knowledge and
experience. Everyone found the training beneficial and
Paramedic Peter Cardillo
demonstrates procedures and precautions when a
patient is intubated.
Paramedic Mike Morran explains
what happens to the lungs of a CHF patient.
Volunteer Fire Association Members
Monday, May 26, 2008
Members of the three Woodstock fire
departments donned their dress uniforms to march in the annual Memorial
Day Parade, the fire trucks and ambulances gleaming as they drove along
the common. Observers lined the street to watch the parade, which was
followed by an awards ceremony.
Left to Right:
Rob Simmons, State Rep. Mike
Alberts, Harold R. Bishop, Rev. Brian Converse and
Cdr. Todd Smith
Harold R. Bishop, a
50-year member of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire
Association, was presented with Firefighter of the Year from
Todd Smith, Commander of the American Legion Post 111. State
Rep. Michael Alberts also presented a certificate to Mr.
Bishop from the General Assembly honoring his 50 years
of fire service to the community. Thanks again, Harold,
for all you’ve done and continue to do for us.
Also taking part in the Memorial Day
services were State Business Advocate Rob Simmons, Rev. Brian
Converse, Woodstock First Selectman Allan Walker, Jr., East Woodstock
Cornet Band, Girl Scout and Boy Scouts, American Legion, WMS Musicians,
local Veterans and many others.
Thank you to all the Veterans for their
service to our country.
WVFA held its
by Karen Munroe
Left to Right: Paul Arvidson,
Molnar, Ray Bourque, Sue Calaman,
Phil Emond, Phil Emond
The Woodstock Volunteer Fire
Association held its Annual Appreciation Dinner on March 15,
2008 at Hyde School. Approximately 80 Association members
and spouses attended. A memorable dinner was provided by the
generosity of Hyde School and its staff. The Association
President, Scott Hazelton, reviewed notable accomplishments
and events over the past year, including:
The addition of eight new
The new website (www.wvfa76.org)
A successful Open House and
Food Drive in October.
The November Toy Collection
which resulted in a record setting 480 toys and monetary
donations, which provided toys to Woodstock, Thompson,
Putnam, and Eastford children. Thank you to all
who contributed to making the holidays memorable for so
Left to Right:
Jeff Kimball, Chief Tim Young
and Jeff Arsenault
Scott thanked the firefighters,
Emergency Medical Services, support team, and association
members for their hard work throughout the year.
Chief Timothy Young presented
plaques to Jeff Arsenault and Jeff Kimball “In Recognition
of Many Years of Dedicated Service”.
Chief Young recognized Harold R.
Bishop for his fifty years of active service to the
community. He stated that “Harold’s contributions
built a strong foundation for the Department’s future, and
his active participation continues to be an inspiration to
those that have followed”.
Left to Right:
Harold Bishop, Woodstock First
Selectman Allan Walker, Jr.
and State Rep.
Mr. Bishop has been a member of
many association committees, a member of the Quinebaug
Valley Fire Chiefs, active department fundraiser, past
member of the Woodstock Emergency Medical Services, past
line officer, and Deputy Chief from 1972-1982. Allan
Walker, Jr. Woodstock First Selectman, provided a citation
by the Board of Selectmen, honoring Mr. Bishop.
Chief Young also recognized
Stephen Young for his 25 years of service as Deputy Chief.
In December, Steve stepped down as Deputy Chief, although he
is remaining an active member. Steve joined the department
in 1975. Chief Young stated that “Steve’s contributions to
the Department have been monumental. His quiet and
has helped to lead our organization through many challenging
Left to Right: Chief Tim Young,
Steve Child, Woodstock First Selectman Allan Walker,
Jr. and State Rep. Michael Alberts
During Steve’s first 33 years as
a member of the department, he has been a member of the
Quinebaug Valley Fire Chiefs, an active fundraiser, past
member of the Woodstock Emergency Medical Services, a member
of many association committees, past line officer, Deputy
Chief from 1982 – 2007, and chairman of the last two truck
The evening ended with a
presentation of door prizes for participants provided by the
generosity of many local businesses.
25 years as Deputy Chief -
by Chief Timothy Young
The Woodstock Vol. Fire
Assoc. would like to recognize Stephen Child for 25 years as
Deputy Chief of the Department. Steve joined the department in
April of 1975.
His contributions to
our Department have been monumental. His quiet and well executed
demeanor as helped to lead our organization through many challenging
times. He has done an excellent job of fulfilling his responsibilities
as Deputy Chief of this Department.
To mention a few of the
accomplishments during Steve’s first thirty-three years as a member of
many Assoc. Committees
Quinebaug Valley Fire Chiefs
officer most recent 1982-2007 as Deputy Chief
the last two truck committees, that created ET-276 and
R-376 (a job well done)
Twenty Five years is
the longest time any officer has served in one position. As Chief for
the past eleven years I must say it has been an honor and a pleasure to
serve with Steve. His active participation and experience have been an
inspiration to everyone in this organization and will continue to be for
many years to come. As Chief of WVFA a member of this community and
department I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU!!!
Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association -
399 Route 169
PO Box 222
S. Woodstock, CT 06267