Tuesday, March 11, 2014  Please review the attached picture concerning 9 Volt Battery safety in the home.  Click on the picture to expand and view the entire document.




Monday, March 10, 2014 1612 Units were dispatched on Box 204 for a reported multi-vehicle accident on Route 209 in the area of Landfill Road.  Chief 20(Snyder) responded and arrived to find three vehicles involved with what appeared to be one injury.  Engine 20 arrived and was ordered to begin patient care and start fluid control.  Utility 20 assisted with closing the roadway and detouring traffic until the patient was loaded on the ambulance for transport.  Units remained on the scene and assisted with cleanup and reopening of the roadway.




Sunday, March 9, 2014 0722 Units responded this morning to a reported structure fire on Route 25 in Mifflin Township.  Caller reported there was a chimney fire with extension into the wall.  Chief 26 arrived and confirmed extension in the wall in the area immediately beside the chimney.  Crews advanced a line, opened up the wall and extinguished the fire containing it to structural members in the immediate area.




Wednesday, February 19, 2014 0801 Box 20-2 was dispatched for a reported car fire on Route 25 in the area of Hoy Road.  Chief 20 (Snyder) responded and was advised that this was the result of an accident involving a school bus and a jeep with one injury reported.  Road conditions were very hazardous due to icy conditions and caused units to exercise extreme caution while responding.  Engine 20-1 responded with five and Tanker 20 responded with two.  Chief 20 arrived to find a school bus in the ditch on the north side of the road and a jeep fully involved in fire in the middle of Route 25.  By standers indicated that there was a seriously injured individual on the roadway approximately 150 feet east of the scene.  Two witnesses had extracted the occupant of the Jeep prior to the vehicle becoming fully involved in fire.  Chief 20 assessed the patients conditions and determined that the patient needed packaged and prepared for immediate transport.  Weather conditions were determined to be to bad for air transport.  Engine 20-1 arrived and was ordered to begin patient care and assist EMS.  The crew was also ordered not to extinguish the fire and to protect the bus in order not to flow water and fuel runoff to the area where the patient was located.  Once the patient was packaged and transferred to the EMS unit crews then extinguished any remaining fire.  Units remained on scene for approximately 1 1/2 hours to assist with traffic control and reopening of the roadway.




Monday, February 10, 2014 

Thank you to the Millersburg Fire Department - From the family of Jack “Yogi” Bachtell, Sr.

By:  Brenda Walborn Maslin

It’s an important part of life to acknowledge others’ kindness in any situation and a simple thank you does not seem to be enough.  Doug Snyder,  Mark Koppenhaver and all members of the Millersburg Fire Department played a large role in not only the funeral services, but in Yogi’s daily life and were his “family”. 

It is difficult to see any other side of your parents outside of what you knew as a child, teenager and sometimes even into adulthood; especially when that parent is Yogi.  He was tough, difficult and very hard on us; and that is putting it mildly.

You may remember us as the kids who delivered the paper, the kids with the burlap bags picking up cans, or the kids you may have even felt sorry for because we had a “rough” upbringing.  Yes, we were all of those things.   

However, listening to the stories being told during the services, it is much easier to see those experiences in a different light.  While the method used could have been improved, the end result was that we did learn a lesson.

When Yogi said “I’ll provide the transportation if you want to get a paper route” that didn’t mean he would drive us.  Instead, we had bikes, a wagon and even sleds.  The lesson was learning to work for what you want and finish the job no matter what.

When we were picking up cans from the side of the road or from trash cans throughout town and felt like the first prison work crew for highway cleaning and worried about what people thought.  The lesson was really about learning to use resources available to you and not caring what others thought.

When he cooked the slimy eggs, the orange sloppy joe or chili. The hard lesson was learning to eat what is presented and be thankful.  In my case, the better lesson was learning how to cook so I could take over the role of preparing the meals.   For those of you who never experienced the orange sloppy joe or chili – it was a small amount of hamburger, 1 bottle of ketchup and 1 bottle of mustard.  For the chili, you added a can of beans to the left over sloppy joe.

Life is about choices and what you choose to do with the experiences and situations you encounter.  It is easy to be a victim; it is much tougher to stand on your own, admit your mistakes, and make the best of whatever comes your way.  You may not always understand the lessons that are being taught at the time, but with time and maturity, you will be able to accept them.

Again, thank you to all who participated in and shared stories during the services.  You allowed us to not only honor him in a way he would have wanted; but to also see him in a different light that he rarely shared with anyone.     




Wednesday, February 5, 2014  It is with great sadness that the Millersburg Fire Company #1 announces the passing of Lifetime Member and past Assistant Chief Jack “Yogi’ Bachtell on February 5, 2014 at the Harrisburg Hospital.  Yogi had been a member of the fire company and a fixture at the firehouse for over 40 years.  He joined the Millersburg Fire Company #1 shortly after returning home from the U.S. Army in 1972 and remained an active member until his passing.  Yogi served as a Trustee, Firefighter, Driver/Operator, and 2nd Assistant Chief.  Arrangements will be announced as they become available.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Jack R. (Yogi) Bachtell, Sr., 67, of Moore Street, Millersburg, PA, died at 11:05 a.m., Wednesday, February 5 at Harrisburg Hospital.
Born August 15, 1946 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late Vernon H. Goodling and Betty Jane (Bachtell) Goodling.
He served in the US Army from 1965 through 1972 with three tours in Vietnam.  He was a lifetime member of the Millersburg Fire Department with over 40 years of service.  During that time he served in various roles that included Assistant Chief, Trustee, Firefighter, and Driver/Operator.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 16 years, Terry L. (Walborn) Bachtell.  
He is survived by one daughter, Brenda Walborn Maslin (Don) of Chenango Forks NY; three sons, Jack R. Bachtell, Jr (PA), Ronald Bachtell of Chenango Forks, NY, and Levi Bachtell (FL); his longtime companion Dorothy Farran of Millersburg, PA;  and her children Sharon Peyton (MD), Margaret Engle (Chad) of Halifax, PA and preceded  by her son Norman; one brother, Lonnie A. Goodling of New Cumberland, PA and one sister Debra M. Goodling Jones of Waynesboro, PA; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 8, 2014, in the Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes Inc., Millersburg.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services in the funeral home.   Burial will follow in the Riverview Memorial Cemetery, Halifax, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Millersburg Volunteer Fire Department, in Millersburg, PA.

Sign the online register book at www.hbfuneralhomes.com




Tuesday, January 7, 2014  It is with great sadness we announce that Lifetime member and retired 3rd Assistant Chief Marlin Grim passed away on Tuesday evening, January 7, 2014.  Marlin was an active member of the Millersburg Fire Company #1 from the late 40's until the mid 90's.  He served as a firefighter, driver/operator and 3rd Assistant Chief until his retirement.  Marlin was 82 years old.  He is survived by three daughters Sue Berardi, Deb Shoop, and Sandra Snyder all of Millersburg, seven grand-children, and nine great grand-children.  He was preceded in death by his son Stephen Grim.  Services will be held on January 25, 2014 in the Social Hall of the Millersburg Fire Company #1 with Rev. Doug Compton officiating.  Visitation will begin at 9:00AM with services at 10:00AM.  Following the services at the firehouse there will be a procession with graveside services held at Oak Hill Cemetery.




Saturday, January 4, 2014 1132 Box 20-2 was dispatched for a possible structure fire in the area of Miller Road and Middle Road in the township.  Chief 20-1 (Harris) responded and added an Engine and a Tanker to the box.  As Chief 20-1 approached the scene he observed smoke and fire visible from a two story wood frame structure in the 500 block of Miller Road.  A first Alarm was requested.  Fire was visible to the rear of the structure from the first floor extending into the second floor and attic.  The occupant was out of the structure and at a neighbors house.

Crews set up a defensive operation and fought the fire from the exterior of the structure due to deteriorating conditions.  Engine 20 arrived and deployed four preconnects and the Blitzfire and was nursed from Tanker 20.  A tanker shuttle was established as units arrived.  Engine 26 set up with a porta-tank and supplied water to Engine 20.  Engine 20-1 was set up at a dry hydrant on Etzweiler Road and filled tankers which then shuttled water to the scene.  Remaining units provided manpower to assist so crews could be rotated due to the extreme cold. 

Once the bulk of the fire was extinguished, crews made entry to extinguish any remaining fire and do salvage and overhaul.  PSP Fire Marshal is investigating the cause and the Red Cross was requested to assist with the displaced occupant.




Wednesday, January 1, 2014  The Millersburg Fire Company #1 responded to a total of 159 incidents during the 2013 calendar year.  The top 10 responders for the year were:

Mark Koppenhaver      135 calls

Branson Smith             127 calls

John Heckert                120 calls

Jack "Yogi" Bachtell     116 calls

Douglas Snyder            111 calls

Terry Spotts                  107 calls

Vince Heckert               105 calls

Ryan Novak                    94 calls

Sean Grimm                   89 calls

Ashton Snyder                80 calls




Sunday, December 29, 2013 0731 The members of the Millersburg Fire Company #1 wish to congratulate Lieutenant Colby Snyder and his wife, Firefighter/EMT Ashton Snyder on the birth of their daughter this morning.  Lennox Keegan Snyder was born this morning at 0731 and she weighs 5lbs 4.5oz and is 17.5 inches long.  The family is doing well and we look forward to meeting the newest member of the Snyder family. 



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