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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Frank Colea Benevolent Fund Golf Tournament

Frank Colea Benevolent Fund Golf Tournament
Mark E. Brady

One of my favorite events of the year to attend is the annual Frank Colea Benevolent Fund Golf Tournament.  It is a great opportunity to greet many retired and current members of the Department at an event to remember and honor one of the very best; Frank Colea.  This year I was able to enjoy the day even more as I golfed (hacked) thanks to the gracious invitation of the Wiseman family.

The Golf Tournament is held each year by the Prince George's County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 1619.  Tournament Director Tom Breen said, "The 18th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Colea Benevolent Fund was played Monday, June 11, at the Bowie Golf Course. The event was a great success, with 109 golfers participating. Many thanks to all who played, sponsored and worked the event."

Congratulations to Local1619, Tom Breen and his many helpers and to all the participants, it was great to see you!!!

Mellits Elected President of IAFC - Eastern Division

A Prince George’s County Volunteer Firefighter has been elected as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs – Eastern Division.  Pete Mellits, a long-time member and past chief of the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department, was elected and installed to the top spot at the organizations 85th Annual Conference.

In an email to the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department, Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor wrote, “Please join me in congratulating Pete Mellits from the Bowie VFD, who on June 1 was elected and installed, to the position of President, Eastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs."

"It is heartening to see one of our Prince George's County volunteer officers ascend through the chairs of the Presidency.  I look forward to making progress, improving safety, and working with Pete and the rest of the IAFC on other areas of mutual concern.”

“Congratulations Pete!”

The 85th Annual Conference of the Eastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs was held in Trevose, PA on June 1, 2012.  Here is a complete roster of those elected and installed during the conference.

Chief Pete Mellits, PRESIDENT – Maryland
Chief Jon Holcombe, 1st VICE PRESIDENT – New Jersey
Chief Paul Whorrall, 2nd VICE PRESIDENT – New York
Chief Mark Showmaker, Immediate Past President - Pennsylvania
Chief William Walton, Jr., INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR – Delaware
Chief Paul Sterling, MARYLAND DIRECTOR 
Director James Yates, NEW JERSEY DIRECTOR
Chief Harold Phillips, NEW YORK DIRECTOR
Chief William Askenstedt, SECRETARY/TREASURER – New Jersey

The Eastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs represents Fire and Emergency Services Leaders from the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

The mission of the Eastern Division is to support the goals and objectives of the International Association of Fire Chiefs by serving as the liaison between the IAFC and the Division’s member states. The Eastern Division will do this by professionally consolidating regional issues and opinions, providing valuable and necessary input to the IAFC, and disseminating pertinent information from the International Association of Fire Chiefs to the Division's member states.

The Eastern Division supports the IAFC mission “To provide leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers and managers of emergency services organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities”.

William Askenstedt, Mark Showmaker, Pete Mellits, Jon Holcombe

Les Warrick, Immediate Past President
Mark Showmaker, Outgoing President
Pete Mellits, Incoming President

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