A great turnout for the annual banquet provided for a wonderful event and roast to our eighteen year Chief, William R. Wright. "802" announced that he will be stepping down this year and with high emotion gave praise to all the members who had helped him through the years. Bill took everyone through a chronology of the years from the collection of equipment that was sparse and apparatus that was just roadworthy enough to make the call. Then through the extreme stress of the 911 disaster response and inundation of "white powder" calls. Additionally he talked about the purchase and hard work of the committee to obtain the new rescue truck and managing of all the new equipment that the team has been provided by Region 13. The Chief also talked about the bravery and excellent work done by the team members on the Murrysville pipeline incident and the many decisions involved in responding to HAZMAT incidents. He touted that he would stand our highly trained team up as "one of the best" in the Commonwealth and that protection of the public and personal safety is what makes him most proud of the team.
The night then turned to the honoring of four 25 year members that have served the team and without them the team would not be what it is today. Assistant Chief Bill Hobaugh; First Team Captain, Dave Klingler; John Bacha; Specialty Member, Dan Stevens each received a service award engraved with their name.
Finally, Bill Jr. and Brian Wright, Chief Wright's sons relayed stories of their growing up along side Dad as Chief of the Team and gave very warm and kind tributes of how much their extended family, Team 800, meant to them and their Dad. Most importantly, special recognition was given to the spouses and their partners for all of their continued support.