Ogdensburg hosts fireman's parade, inspection


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  • Judge Joe Hogh verifies lights.




  • Around 80 trophies wait to be presented at the trophy ceremony.




  • Ogdensburg Fire Chief Rick Keslo pauses for just a moment.




  • The Franklin Fire Department is ready to be judged.




  • PHOTOS BY VERA OLINSKIThe Sussex Fire Department waits for inspection.



Trophy ceremony results

Franklin: Judges Award, 1st Place Best Appearing Large Company, 1st Place Best Appearing Engine 7 – 14 Years, 1st Place Best Appearing Fire Department Color Guard, 2nd Place Hose Laying, 1st Place Best Appearing Antique Motorized Refurbished; 2nd Place Best Appearing Band; '
Sussex: 2nd Place Best Appearing Large Company, 1st Place Auxiliary Hose Laying, 1st Place Best Appearing Engine 15 – 20 Years, 2nd Place Best Appearing Ambulance, 2nd Place Best Appearing Fire Department Color Guard, 4th Place Best Appearing Auxiliary;
Hardyston: 1st Place Best Appearing Engine 1 – 6 Years, 2nd Place Best Appearing Antique Motorized Refurbished;
Hamburg: 2nd Place Best Appearing Small Company, 2nd Place Best Appearing Engine 15 - 20 Years, 1st Place Best Appearing Jr. Fire Department;
Frankford: the Hose Laying Traveling Trophy, 1st Place Hose Laying, 3rd Place Best Appearing Auxiliary;
Wantage/Colesville: 1st Place Best Appearing Rescue, 2nd Place Best Appearing Antique Motorized Original;
Wantage: 2nd Place Best Appearing Auxiliary; Vernon won: 2nd Place Best Appearing Rescue; McAfee won: 2nd Place Best Appearing Aerial;
Pochuck Valley: 3rd Place Best Appearing Tanker
Lafayette: 1st Place Best Appearing Antique Motorized Original;
Lt. Robert A. Madden VFW Post 10152: Military Color Guard Traveling Trophy and 2nd Place Best Appearing Military Color Guard;
Jefferson Township High School: 1st Place Best Appearing Band.


The Ogdensburg Volunteer Fire Department hosted, Saturday, Oct. 6, the 98th Annual Sussex County Fireman's Inspection Day and Parade. In addition to the parade, they also celebrated 100 years of volunteer service to the community.

Ogdensburg Fire Chief Rick Keslo could be seen working alongside the other volunteer fire fighters, finishing final preparations on the big day after a year of extensive organization. Keslo said, fire departments were inspected for: cleanliness, equipment, different categories such as ladder, pumper, rescue, hose laying, marching with color guard, band, and appearance.

Ogdensburg Fire Fighter Rob Washer said 46 departments were scheduled to participate in the inspection and parade that day. He added, as soon as the parade ends this year, next year's hosting department would immediately begin planning, because, “It's a lot of work, with many, many volunteer man hours.”

Early in the morning behind the Ogdensburg Fire House, jolting blasts of horns and sirens blared as they were tested for judges. Row after row of spotless fire and emergency vehicles lined up for inspection – traveling all the way from Montague and surrounding Sussex, Morris, and even Hunterdon and Warren counties.

Ogdensburg volunteer fire fighters encouraged departments to “shoe horn” enormous fire trucks alongside each other, as fire fighters put their heavy fire fighter uniforms out for inspection.

Young men diligently polished glass windshields – one more time – and wiped around the wheel guards.

H. Dunlap New Jersey Fire Parade Judges busily judged all the apparatus, engines, aerials, and rescues. Later in the afternoon, they judged marching, color guards, and floats. One of the judges, former Pompton Plains Fire Chief David James said, they would provide the host company, Ogdensburg, a list of all the winners for each category. He added, Ogdensburg had around 80 trophies to award, which could be seen waiting on the old antique fire truck.

Later in the day, the schedule included an invocation at St. Thomas of Aquin Church, luncheon with dignitaries and Miss Ogdensburg, parade, hose laying competition, and trophy ceremony.







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