Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company

Eulogy for Chief "Art" Burger

Monday, April 7, 2014  Chief "Art" Burger
Laid to Rest - April 7, 2014
Eulogy By Eric Endryas, Past Chief

    I would like to Thank Art Burger's family for allowing me this opportunity to speak and acknowledge Art's contributions to the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company and the Community it serves. 

Over half a century ago, 57 years to be exact, a much younger Arthur Burger chose to join the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company.  Back then, the Fire Company itself was a mere 26 years old and seeking members to battle the constant fears of fire in the Community.  Art met this challenge by joining and committing many years of his life to Rosedale.  It is one thing to join an organization to help out but truly another to dedicate thousands of hours to help others. 

Art excelled in his duties holding many Leadership positions including Hall Chairman, Trustee, Lieutenant, Captain and becoming the FIRST Chief of the Fire Company.  At one point in time, he actually served as Chief and President simultaneously.  Past Chief Bill Pearson told me that every Sunday Chief Burger would show up at the station to conduct Training classes for the younger members who shared the passion of the Fire Service.  Chief Pearson also commented that due to Art's commitment to guiding the younger members, many of them lead successful lives free of turmoil and mischief that was sure to follow young men who lacked direction and structure in their lives.

    Over the previous years, Chief Burger has made the trip back to Rosedale to attend the funerals of many people who served with him during the years that most of us are too young to remember.  I, like many of our members, was lucky enough to receive his encouragement in my early years as he stressed the need to train and push forward to make the Company a success.  The irony is it was actually Art's generation that laid the foundation for the future successes of the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company. 

Back in Art's days, there were no pagers, radio communications were minimal at best, there were very few stations, the hoses were extremely heavy and the turnout gear he wore while fighting fires was actually flammable.  Even getting to the calls was a challenge since the engines were manual transmissions and there was no power steering to assist with maneuvering to responses.  Compared to those years we actually have it rather easy today.

    Art made many contributions during his life but lost his companion and true love, Margaret in December of 2009.  Following her death he thought it best to move to Arizona to live with his Niece Peggy and her family.  I believe that we will always remember Art for his stories, compassion and that little smile he would sneak out when you were not looking during his talks. 

    It is impossible to be truly sad as we pay our last respects here today.  It is instead a celebration of a very successful life of service to others and how Art touched everyone of us in his own special way.  The Officers and Members of the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company express our sincere sympathy and sadness but heartfelt respect as we salute our Brother Art as he is laid to rest. 

Art best described his life of service in a letter he wrote.  "I have been a Soldier in a war, a Police Officer and a Volunteer Fireman and the position of Volunteer Fireman has given me the greatest satisfaction."  



Life Member & Past Chief Arthur Burger

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 

Via Captain Eric Endryas:

 It is with great sadness that the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company announces the passing of Life Member & Past Chief Arthur Burger.

Chief Burger has resided in Arizona after leaving the state and passed peacefully early Tuesday morning. Chief Burger was "sharp as a tack" even in his last hours as he expressed his funeral wishes / arrangements to Bill Potts shortly before his passing.

    Chief "Art" Burger served as the first Chief of the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company when the position was created.  Art also held the rank of Captain prior to Chief and actually served as both the Chief and President for a short period.

Over the previous years Chief Burger has made the trip back to Rosedale to attend the funerals of many of the people who served with him during the years that many of us were too young to remember. On many occasions Chief Burger would tell me what a great job we had done in making a spectacular reputation for the Company and insuring it's success.  The irony is that it was truly his generation and that of many of our current Life Members that laid the foundation for the Company to thrive and become successful.

    Please join the Senior Members of the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company in paying tribute to a man of great history, story telling and dedication to his passion for the Fire Service in the Rosedale Community.

    Please keep Chief Burger and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Cvach Funeral Home
Sunday, April 6th.   1500-1700 hrs.  and  1900-2100 hrs.
Funeral Mass:
St. Clement Church
Monday, April 7th.  @ 1045 hrs.
Gardens of Faith Cemetery



Medic 285 responding to Hamiliton Ave incident

Thursday, March 27, 2014  Medic 285 on scene. As the weather gets warmer and spring rolls in, just a reminder to our friends in Rosedale to be careful out there!.



Rosedale VFC at the annual St. Baldrick charity fundraiser!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 

The Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company are regular participants in the annual St. Baldrick event and last Sunday at Martin's East was no exception!

In addition to providing equipment for the event, Rosedale VFC provided volunteers who raised money to assist in finding a cure for pediatric cancer. A great time was had by all.

St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events began as a challenge between businessmen to show solidarity with children undergoing treatment. Since then, it has grown from one event in 2000 to over 1,300 events in 2012, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research. Events take place in pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, parks, malls, military bases and firehouses.

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Three Alarm Fire at Dundalk's Owl Paper Corporation

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 

On the evening of March 14th at approximately 6:42pm, dispatch alerted Rosedale VFC for a second alarm fire in a 06-12 box on Graves Ct in Dundalk.  E282 arrived to a fire reported at the Owl Paper Corp, quickly raging out of control, and eventually going to three alarms prior to extinguishing. 
Rosedale E282 arrived and reported to staging per command.   Due to the drain on hydrant system, E282 was requested to set up water operations by drafting water to assist units in supplying water to the fire ground.  Baltimore City Boat 2 assisted E282 with the drafting process.  With E282’s Driver/Pump Operator drafting, the remaining personnel reported to the Staging for their assignment.  They were first assigned to be the 4 man Rapid Intervention Team on side Bravo.  Following the RIT assignment, Command assigned E282 to interior fire attack on side Bravo and was engaged in interior operations for approximately 25-30 minutes.  The crew then rotated through rehab and then went back to interior fire attack for another 15-20 minutes.  It was a long operation with extensive clean-up efforts.  E282 cleared the scene at approximately 0330 hrs. 

E282 Crew:
Driver/Engineer: FF/FADO Richard Gross
Officer: FF/EMR Jared Harding
Pipe: FF/EMT TJ Gagliano 
Irons: FF Tony Pakula 
Fifth FF :FF Steve Sobul Jr.



Sunday morning fire in Overlea

Monday, February 24, 2014 

Just after 3AM Sunday morning Feb 23rd units from Fullerton (8), Goldenring (16), Parkville (10), Rosedale (280), and Parry Hall (55) were alerted for the report of an apartment fire with possible entrapment in the 5100 block of Alberta Ave (Fire Box 8-6). Engine 8 arrived with a 2-story single family dwelling (basement converted into an apartment) with smoke showing and all occupants out of the dwelling. Engine and Truck 8 made an aggressive interior attack containing the fire in the room of origin and effectively knocking it. Engine 16 arrived and quickly deployed the back-up line and made entry. Engine 282 covered the hydrant for Engine 8 while its crew made entry and proceeded to the second floor to effect a search and ventilation.

With the fire placed under control Engine 282 assisted Engine 8 in racking their supply and an attack line before clearing the scene. Engine 282 proceeded to Station 8 to cover Fullerton while both its Engine and Truck remained on scene awaiting the arrival of FID. No injuries were reported by either the occupants or fire personnel. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

E282 Crew:
Driver: FADO Charles Leiss
Officer: FF/EMR Patrick Belton
Nozzleman: EMT/FF T.J. Gagliano
Ironsman: EMT/FF Danny Ciapura
Fifth: FF Steve Sobul



While you were sleeping on Christmas morning

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 0740

At 7:40 Christmas morning units from Fullerton (8), Golden Ring (16), Rosedale (280) and Parkville (10) were alerted for a dwelling fire in the 4400 block of Glenmore Ave. The first arriving unit reported smoke showing and confirmed a basement fire. Command called for the working fire assignment as an attack line from E16 was advanced into the basement from an exterior entrance. E281 arrived and assumed RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) and laddered the front of the dwelling as crews from E8 and E10 conducted a search of the dwelling and employed a back-up line on the first floor. Truck 8 initiated ventilation of the dwelling. The fire was brought under control in short order due to the rapid and professional actions of the first arriving units.

 The crew from E281 escorted the occupants back into their home to gather vital belongings and to retrieve their Christmas presents. E281 remained on scene to assist E16 with repacking it’s supply and attack lines. No injuries being reported from either occupants present or fire service personnel. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

E281 Crew:
Driver: Chief Jimmy Pizzini
Officer: FF/EMR Jared Harding
Nozzleman:  FF Steve Sobul Jr
Irons: EMT/FF Thomas Gagliano
5th Seat: FF/EMR Patrick Belton



Richard Gross - Our Hometown Hero for 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013 

Honoring Richard Gross, Life Member, Firefighter with the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company!


The officers and membership of the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company proudly nominate Richard Gross as our selection for Hometown Hero 2013.

  Richard served his country in the United State Army for 28 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving concurrently as a member in the Army Reserves, Richard wanted to serve his community and became a member of the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Department in July 1970. He received a Commendation in the early 1980's regarding a fatal fire that occurred in Eastview.

 We are proud to say that Richard celebrated his 43rd year as a Rosedale VFC member this July. During his time at Rosedale, Richard has held numerous positions including President, Fire Captain, Financial Secretary and currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors. In addition to his Rosedale commitment, Richard is also an active member on the Communications Committee of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association. He has been a role model and mentor to all of our members, as he is an active riding member and wonderful resource. It is an honor to recommend Richard for the award of Hometown Hero.



Free CPR Class - No registration needed!

Friday, November 22, 2013 

Learn Basic CPR
- It's free!

You, (yes you) can be a community hero!
No registration, just walk in, no experience necessary!
Learn basic CPR, Proper chest compression procedure and 911 call initiation.

Saturday, November 30th
Walk in anytime from 5pm to 7pm
Class duration is 15 to 20 minutes


The Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company
8037 Philadelphia Road
Baltimore, MD 21237

Come on in, hope to see you there!



It's that Girl Scout cookie time of year

Sunday, November 10, 2013  Where do Girl Scout cookies come from? If you are in the Rosedale area they come from the Rosedale VFC firehouse!

Every year about this time we host the drop off point for the area Girl Scouts so that they may collect their cookies and deliver them to you! Support your local Girl Scouts!



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