The Avondale Fire Company Officers and Members would like to extend our condolences to The West Bradford Fire Company (Station 39), to The East Brandywine Fire Company (Station 49) and to The Good Will Fire Company (WCFD Station 52) on the loss of one of their own.Robert “Robbie” Miller, the Fire Captain of the West Bradford Fire Company, a Firefighter with the Good Will Fire Company of West Chester and East Brandywine Fire Company tragically passed away as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Wednesday Night. Captain Miller was well-known, well-liked, and well-respected throughout the County. His loss will be felt for some time, but Captain Miller’s efforts will not be forgotten.Please keep his family, his extended fire company family and the fire companies in your thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Captain Miller. (more…)
Chester County fireboard alerted Avondale, West Grove, and Hockessin fire companies for a house fire with possible entrapment, at approximately 9:49 AM on April 25th. The fire was reported at 140 Starr Road in New Garden Township. Initial report was an apartment building with fire in one of the eight apartments. Residents also reported possibility of a mother and daughter trapped in a second floor apartment. Avondale and Hockessin fire crews arrived on scene and initiated a search of the second floor with no victims found while encountering high heat and heavy smoke conditions. (more…)
At 1935 hours on April 19th 2013, Stations 23 & 22 (West Grove) was alerted for a building fire at To-Jo Mushrooms in the 900 block of Penn Green Road. NGPD arrived on-scene at 1938 hours and advised fire showing from building #1 with large tanks of ammonia in the fire building. With this information Chief 23 started Station 25 (Longwood) for the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT). Chief 23 (Cole) and Deputy 23 (Carroll) both arrived at 1939 hours, confirming the NGPD report and started the Working Fire Dispatch. Engine 23-2 arrived and dropped a 5” line from the road into the scene; crews deployed 2) 1 ¾” hand-lines for fire suppression. Chief 23 established “To-Jo Command” while Deputy 23 handled Operations. Rescue 23 dropped their 5” line from a nearby hydrant to Engine 23-2’s line for water supply. Engine 22 was set up on the “B” side of the building. Ladder 25 was giving the task of opening the adjacent roof on the “C/D” side to check for fire extension. With Ladder 25’s crew going in service on the roof, command requested Station 21 (Union FC of Oxford) for “RIT”. Ladder 22 arrived and assisted with getting the other adjacent roof opened on the “B” side. (more…)
Maurice ‘Skip’ Reynolds of Avondale Maurice ‘Skip’ Reynolds, 79, of Avondale, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. He was the husband of Barbara Grey Reynolds, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Maurice A. and Helena Zimmermann Reynolds. Skip was owner of Bunny’s Cree Mee Freeze on Route 41 in Avondale. He attended the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Mendenhall. He was a member of the New London Gun Club, the Kennett Masonic Lodge No. 475, the London Grove Grange and a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company. He was a past member of the Kennett School Board.