Newtown (PA) Fire Association Dedicates Rescue 45 to Longtime Member

Dave Pannepacker was voted into the company on Sept. 30, 1957.

The Newtown (PA) Fire Association recently housed Rescue 45, its $716,000 new rescue pumper, and dedicated it to one of its longtime members.

The apparatus was dedicated to firefighter Dave Pannepacker, who has volunteered with the company for more than 60 years and was given the honor of sitting in the passenger seat as the new engine was pushed into the station.

He applied to the fire association on Aug. 6, 1956 but wasn’t voted in until Sept. 30, 1957, as there was a waiting list to join, according to

A bronze plaque on the side of the apparatus acknowledges Pannepacker and his years of dedication.

The department hadn’t purchased a new apparatus in 11 years, and, when put into service over the summer, it replaced a 20-year-old rescue pumper that was recently sold to the Mayfield Hose Company in upstate PA. Most of its onboard powered equipment runs off batteries, the report says.

The purchase was made possible in large part from proceeds from Newtown Beerfest, which takes place in September at the Stocking Works.

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