Just wanted to thank you all for what you do. You all need to set-up a facebook page! :-)
Signed on June 05, 2010 at 2:57 PM
Ivalee McElroy (Pritchard)
Such a wonderful site! The pictures (new and old) are fantastic!
I grew up in Beltsville and BVFD was a part of my life. I was a majorette during the late 60's. My brother (John Sr.) was a member there for a few
years. He made BVFD a part of his life and always spoke about it. I'm sure John and other former members are looking down with pride on you all.
Thanks for being there !
Signed on April 22, 2010 at 11:17 PM
Just want to take a moment to thank all the members of the Beltsville Vol Fire Dept and the Ladies Auxiliary for all support you gave to my family and I at a time where we needed it the most.By now, just about everyone knows my father Richard Jones passed away on the morning of April 16th 2010.All it took was one phone call to Al and everything was taken care of, from the service to the use of the hall.You all, did a wonderful job in honoring the life and memory of my father.As most of the older guys know, I practically grew up in that firehouse as my dad would bring me with him just about every time he came in and I have a lot of fond memories from the the times I spent at Co.31, it was good to see some of you guys! I Still live around the corner from the firehouse,and every time I hear the siren blow and see one of the peice's come by, it makes me proud.I couldn't ask for a better group of people to help serve and protect the community that I live in.God bless and stay safe.
Signed on April 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM
When I recived the e-mail Louie about Richard I was sad. Over the years he was a good friend to me, my family and I think everyone that knew him. Rest in peace brother Richard, you WILL be missed.
My name is Tibor and I am a firefighter from Slovakia.
I am a collector of firefighter patches .
YOur web page is very nice and interesting.
I wish you a lot of success in your future work.
Greetings from Slovakia
Signed on March 12, 2010 at 2:13 PM
Thanks for doing all you do. Many years of good memories as a police officer in Laurel watching Beltsville heading noth on US Route 1. When I needed fire service at my Beltsville home, a safe feeling hearing those sirens getting closer. Cheers to a great group of people at BVFD.
Signed on January 29, 2010 at 2:25 PM
Tiffany Lea Collins
To be able to read through the history of Beltsville's origination makes me so proud to be the grand daughter of Thomas P. Collins. In 1950 he was one of first members. Now the Collins's family owns tone of the orginal pieces of equipment BVFD purchased; The 1955 International Pumper. Now, the Collins Family continues its interest in fire and rescue, as my brother Brian Collins followed in our father's Wayne Collins, and grandfathers footsteps to become a firefighter as well. Beltsville has changed throughout the years, but it will always be my home. And running through that firehouse growing up is a memory that I will never forget. Although, living on Harford Ave directly behind the siren was one I did forget until I moved to a small town in Caroline County, and on my first night living there... The Siren blew. Brought back so many good memories. Take Care of that house, and that town. I miss it, and the wonderful people who made Company 31 the great station is today.
best wishes and safe 2010 to all the members from all of us !!
Signed on October 29, 2009 at 4:46 PM
Looks like everyone had a great time at the blast. I wish I could have been there. Maybe one year try one in the summer. Everyone be SAFE.
Signed on September 04, 2009 at 9:24 AM
I joined BVFD in November 1962. I just got the notifacation from the Greek Boy Kavakos about the October Blast from the Past. I would love to attend but I have an all day outreach event planned with my local church.
Just wanted to say hello and wish you all safe responses.
Signed on May 07, 2009 at 12:15 PM
Hey, I was sent a few picks from a friends wife that he had downloaded. And much to my amazement, there I was in one of the pictures of the majorettes. I do believe I'm about 9 or 10 years old. So, with that, you know you are old when you find yourself on a website in the tab "Photos" and the link to "In the Past"! What a hoot!! I sure do miss those days of the parade coming down Powder Mill Road and on to Prince George Street. My family used to sit at my Great-Aunt's house on Prince George Street and cheer us on.
Signed on April 17, 2009 at 2:42 PM
Signed on March 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM
Roberta Duncan Fifield
A former PG Co Police Captain's daughter, cousin of Gary Steen...just dropping in as a proud onlooker and fan of our Firefighters and Policemen. Be safe.
Signed on March 25, 2009 at 4:34 AM
Dear Al and Samantha,
I would like to congratulate you on the birth of your son AJ. He is adorabled. AJ sure weighed alot. I'm glad Sam is over the worst of it. You two will make wonderful parents God Bless all of you. 9 pounds and 9ounces he sure was a big healthy baby. I see he came early........ Al if you need anything ask Christine for my #. Best wishes and Good luck.
Signed on March 03, 2009 at 4:50 PM
JOSE L DE LEON
HIGHLANDS LAKES FL
BE SAFE. FF DE LEON FF LOUZAU.
Signed on February 17, 2009 at 8:55 PM
aa county fire dept
I used to volunteer there back in 1995 just saying hi
Signed on January 17, 2009 at 7:48 PM
i know rich and his sister debbie for a long time and we will miss him a lot sorry to here what happen to him.. it was worng
Signed on December 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM
Please forward this to Kelly and the girls for me. I miss you guys Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love ya guys
My First Christmas in Heaven
I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below with tiny lights like Heaven's stars reflecting on the snow. The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away your tears, for I am sharing Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
I hear many Christmas songs that people hold so dear. But the sounds of Music can't compare with the Christmas Choir here. I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring. It's far beyond description, to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me. I see the pain within your heart. But I am not so far away, we really aren't apart. So be happy for me loved ones, you know I hold you dear. And be glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus
Christ this year.
I send you each a special gift from my heavenly home above. I send you each a memory of my undying love. After all "love" is the gift more precious than gold. It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do. For I can't count the blessings for the love he has for you. So, have a Merry Christmas and wipe away those tears. For I am sharing Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
I love you all and miss you, I am always here for you Kelly and my other family at Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department. Take care
Love Wendy and my Rugrat Patrol
Signed on November 17, 2008 at 6:49 PM
Thank you for posting information on your website regarding recent incidents. We really appreciate finding out what happened in the end.
To All of the Members and Officers of the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxillary, I would like to say thank you for a great time this year at the convention. All of the members and officers at Company 40 had nothing but good things to say about the convention this year, and can not wait to see all of you in Accokeek next year. Thank you for a great time, and if there is anything you need let us know!!!
Dear Chief Schwartz, Mrs. Schwartz & all of our wonderful Firefighters,
Thank you for a very enjoyable Sunday and then today. Joey & I had a such a wonderful time! Thank you so much for the t-shirts. Joey will wear them with lots of pride! We will be visiting you soon. You may even see Joey out & about ... proudly wearing his BVFD shirts! I got some great pictures & videos today!
Thank you for being so great with Joey. He is a very special little boy ... but he is a 'true blue boy' & a total handful!!!
See you soon,
Sandy & Joey
Signed on September 07, 2008 at 10:25 AM
Training Officer JTFD/Probationary FF BHVFD
Jim Thorpe Fire Department PA
First Of all I would like to thank all the members of Beltsville fire department for extending there house to me to visit while I was down. Even though I have now become a member of station 14. I always look forward to seeing you guys on runs. I thank the officers and the firefighters of 31 for making things easy for me while I visited. The work you guys are doing on your firehouse is great. Please take care of my brother kyle for sometimes he needs guidance, and may you all continue to do the work at hand of protecting Lives and property and staying safe while doing that.
Thank you and God Bless
Jim Thorpe Fire Department
Training Officer/Phoenix Hose Co #2
Squad Company 51 & BHVFD Station 14 Probationary FF
Signed on August 29, 2008 at 2:03 PM
To Al and all the members of the BVFD,
I would like to send my condolences to each and everyone of you in regards to Rich's departure. He was such a wonderful guy. His sense of humor, and beautiful smile will be missed greatly. Kelly I know you don't know me, but I would like to say I'm so sorry for what you and your daughters are going through. With the grace of GOD he will give you the strength to help you through this difficult time. If there is anything I can do for you Kelly please don't hesitate to ask. I'm good friends of the Fletcher family. I would also like to comment on the fundraiser that was held on Aug. 23,2008. There was such a wonderful turnout. The motorcycles looked awesome.
Al the fire department website is the best I have seen. Keep up the good work and may GOD bless each and everyone of you. Kelly you and the girls will be in my prayers at all times. I would also like to say to Rich's parents I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm so blessed to have known Rich. Rich may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
Signed on August 08, 2008 at 3:33 PM
Lots of great pics. I really like checking out the older stuff from back in the day. Need more pics of my old man
Signed on August 06, 2008 at 1:54 PM
Kelly & the girls,
You girls are always in my prayers and I love you guys. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to have Rich in my life for the short time I did. The blessing also brought you and the girls to enrich my life also. I am so sorry for your lost and I am here for you all. Here is a little something that I wanted to pass to you girls.
For those I Love and
For those who Love me
When I am gone, release me,
Let me go,
I have so many things
too see and do
You mustn't tie yourself
to me with tears.
Be happy that we had
so many years.
I gave you my love.
You can only guess
how much you gave to me
I thank you for the love you
each have shown,
But now its time
I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for me,
if grieve you must;
Then let your grief
be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while
we must part,
So bless the memories
that lie within your heart.
I won't be far away,
for life goes on.
So if you need me
call and I will come . . . .
Tho you can't see me
or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart
you will hear
All of my love around you
soft and clear.
when you come this way alone . . .
I'll greet you with a smile
and "Welcome Home"
Kelly this is dedicated to Rich but it gave me much comfort when I needed it. I love you guys!!!!! God Bless You
Signed on August 05, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Iloved your site. I was born and raised in Beltsville. When I got married 35 yrs. ago I moved to Virigina with my husband and raised a family.He was a member of the First Aid Crew. Now my son Danny Brown is a member of the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department he works for the Bedford CountyE911 dispatch.I try to vist Firehouses when I go to vist, but this year my Husband passed away. I am going to e-mail your site to him.