Mailing Address: PO Box 264 - Mt. Rainier, MD 20712-0264
Street Address: 3716 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722-1434
Phone: 301-985-5405 Fax: 301-985-5411
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Today we had our stone in the Founders Circle uncovered with the name of Francis W. Xander engraved on it. We were honored to have members of Chief Xanders family with us to honor his dedication and commitment to the Volunteer Fire Department of Mt. Rainier. Joining us today were from left to right: Iresha Fletcher (granddaughter-in-law), Linda Jones (daughter), Buck Jones (son-in-law), kneeling, Gavin Fletcher (great grandson). Click here to read the official 2015 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service And Roll Call of the Founders program. Click here for more photos of the event.
Monday, July 13, 2015
This year the Bunker
Hill Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. Inc. is honored to be able to
submit the name of a member of our corporation to be engraved on our
stone in the ring of stones that make up part of the Founders Circle at
the Cranford-Graves Fire Services building in Landover Hills, MD (click
here to learn more about the Founders Circle).
We were honored to
submit the name of Francis W. “Freck”
Xander as our choice to be engraved on
our stone. Freck grew up in the shadow
of the fire house and his love and devotion to the organization began in
his early years.
He joined the Mt. Rainier Volunteer Fire Department on May 28th, 1938,
at the age of eighteen.
During his 36 years of volunteer service to
his community and our corporation, his fire service education was
provided by the Fire Service Extension of the University of Maryland
which included Basic, Advanced, Third Course and Instructors courses of
study, all of which he completed successfully.
Freck was a delegate and chairman for the Mt.
Rainier VFD to the Prince Georges
County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association and a delegate to the
Maryland State Firemen’s Association.
Freck was elected as the Vice President of the Prince Georges County
Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association, and in 1953 was elected as their
During his 36 year history with our corporation Freck held many positions. From January of 1958 through 1963 he held the position of Volunteer Fire Chief. For his 36 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding communities, and his service to the Prince Georges County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association, Freck was awarded the title of Honorary Chief and Life Membership.
Freck passed away on February 4, 1974 at the young age of 53 doing a volunteer job that was truly a joy and a lifelong calling for him. He will join Karl Young, William S. Freeman, Frederick J. Richardson and Richard A. Barnard on our stone.
Update... Saturday, August 28, 2015
The Founders Circle celebration will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St., Landover Hills, MD 20784 at 12:00 noon. All members are encouraged to attend. There will be a lunch after the ceremony for all members and the Xander family.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Engine 553, along with the career crew from the Bunker Hill Fire Station participating in the North Brentwood National Night Out festivities. Photos courtesy of Mark Brady, PGFDPIO.
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