First Responders Appreciation Day At Primos Pool

Mark your calendar for August 20th, which will be the Primos pools "First Reponders Appreciation Day." All first Responders get in for free with proper identification (badge), and you will be automatically entered to win the grand door prize of a membership for 4 people to the 2017 season to the Primos Swim Club. Guests of First Responders pay $5 to enter, and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to vest-a-cop, and the other 50% will be donated to Police Officer Chris Dorman. There will also be a basket raffle and 50/50 to help raise donations.



Our Condolences to UDFD Station 20 on the Passing of Chief Morgan

The fire service suffered a major loss this morning not only in Upper Darby, but throughout Delaware County. We are extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Garrettford-Drexel Hill Fire Company Deputy Chief and Delaware County 911 Fire Dispatcher Mike "Meat" Morgan. We extend our condolences to his family, friends, and to the officers and members of UDFD Station 20. May Chief Morgan Rest in Peace. We are here if there is anything in need.



Last Shift for Captain Mike Baker "Bake"

On Friday, May 20th - Station 74/B platoon Captain Mike Baker came into his last shift thinking he was just going to have some pizzas with the crew and say his good byes early when another Captain was coming in to relieve him early at 7pm. He was surprised to find out that his Firefighters organized a surprise party/dinner for him to go out in style. Many members, retired and active, showed up starting at 5pm to celebrate Bakes last shift. He also celebrated with his family, and close friends, along with the recently retired Department Chief Ed Cubler and acting Department Chief Gary McAfee. Lots of stories were shared and everyone had a great time wishing Bake the best in his future endeavors. Bake even was treated to a bag piper and he showed off his drumming skills as his shift was coming to an end. 



From all of us to you Bake! It has been a was a pleasure learning from you. Good luck brother. 


Retirement Ceremony For 5 Of Our Brothers

SATURDAY, APRIL 16 - We hosted a celebration of dinner and retirement gifts for five of our recently retired members of our Department. Those members were Department Chief Ed Cubler, Deputy Chief Jim Shuster, Charter Member and Captain Dan Dolan, Captain Mike Baker, and Firefighter Jack Bostic. The event was held at Anthony's in Drexel Hill in front of the members of our local, and the friends and families of our brothers retiring. 

During the ceremony State Representative James Santora and Mayor Tom Micozzie gave speeches and gave each retiring member an award. 

Upper Darby Professional Fire Fighters Association President William Norris also read a bit of history on each retiring member and how each one has greatly improved our local. After his speech he gave each member a gold watch with the IAFF logo on it.  

Acting Department Chief Gary McAfee then gave a speech about the hard work and dedication that each member gave during their career. 

Gifts were also given by the different platoons to each member. A special thank you to senior Captain Tom Sessa who organized, ran, and MC'd the event. 


We Laid Our Hero To Rest!

We laid our dear brother to rest today. The Evans family will always be a part of our family. It has been an emotional roller coaster for everyone in our department. With that said, we would like to thank EVERYONE who came out to give a send off that Brother Byron truly deserved....

"Brother when you weep for me remember that it was meant to be

Lay me down and when you leave remember I’ll be at your sleeve

In every dark and choking hall I’ll be there as you slowly crawl

On every roof in driving snow I’ll hold your coat and you will know

In cellars hot with searing heat at windows where at a gate you meet

In closets where young children hide you know I’ll be there at your side

The house from which I now respond is overstaffed with heroes gone

Men who answered one last bell did the job and did it well

As firemen we understand that death’s a card dealt in our hand

A card we hope we never play but one we hold there anyway

That card is something we ignore as we crawl across a weakened floor

For we know that we’re the only prayer for anyone that might be there

So remember as you wipe your tears the joy i knew through tout the years

As I did the job I loved to do I pray that thought will see you through."

.....To ALL of Byrons' brothers, lets do what he would want and expect us to do. We will continue doing the best damn job that we can, day in and day out. We will all get back on the rigs and smile knowing we all have a ninja watching over us.

Passing of Our Brother Byron Evans

It is with heavy hearts that not only the members of Upper Darby Professional Firefighters, but for anyone who knew our brother Byron, that we have to notify everyone of his passing. Brother Byron (a.k.a "The Bywood Ninja") put up a fight that we all came to expect from such a hero. This is a sad day for anyone who knew and loved Byron, but we must remember to always fight for life the way Byron did. Please keep the Evans family in your thoughts and prayers.

"Rest now my fallen brother
Lay soft your suffering back
Rest well and forever
Your memory shall not lack
Rest your tired hands
Wipe clean your weary brow
Rest with St. Florian
Your spirit now endowed
Rest here your breaking heart
We know you gave your all
Rest easy, you’ve done your part
You’ve answered your last call
Rest knowing that in god we sought
Oh lord, watch over another who just fell
Rest assured your troubled thought
As we ring the final bell."

We got it from here Ninja.

Our Annual "Pour For The Cure" - 2016

Saturday Night, February 27th - Our Annual "Pour For The Cure" was held as always at the ever popular  Casey's Drexel Hill

Once the crowd started to head towards Casey's, our members had a T-Shirt stand set up out front. The T-Shirts came in two types this year, cotton and the most popular moisture wicking material "work out" shirt. The shirts were being sold for $10 and $20 a piece. 

Tickets for the event were being sold by our members at the door along with advance purchases. As always, our ticket prices have remained the same at $30 a piece but this year we added the ability to use a square reader so we could accept credit cards (once we figured out the internet connection issue). With the cost of the ticket you get open bar of draft domestic beer, buffet food bar, live band (Round Tower), and the Brian Boru Pipes and Drums performance, the chance to win a 50" SHARP Flat Screen HDTV, and the ability to say you attended the most popular charity event in the area. 

Once 3pm came, the live Irish Band Round Tower kicked off the party with an outstanding performance which lasted all night. The taps were open and everyone started having a great time. 

Of course as always we had the nice ticket girls walking around with our members selling 50/50's and door prize tickets. 

As the night went on, we had the pleasure of listening to outstanding performances from the Brian Boru Pipes and Drums

As of the writing of this article, we do not have the final numbers of how much we raised. However, it was an outstanding turnout and we really want to thank EVERYONE who made it out and all the people who couldn't make it but still donated. We have been receiving great feedback and reports of stories from last night, and some photos that people don't mind sharing. I am sure once everyone starts feeling more "refreshed" we will receive more photos. Please enjoy the gallery below of some photos that people have shared and photos of some very special guests we had in attendance. I would like to thank the following for sharing there photos (Chief Boyce, Terry Caroluzzi, Michelle Cubler, Troy Brown, Caitlin Kohler, and anyone else I may have forgotten)

As always, we were honored to host this event and very happy to see that everyone had a great time. Please just remember who and what this is for. We host this event every year to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association raise money to find a cure for the horrible disease. Our close friend and "Ambassador" to this event Pat Hilferty has been a true hero to us all by watching him fight this disease. Firefighters across the nation raise money for the MDA, and we do it because we all look up and respect the fight these brave soldiers go through everyday. 

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