Waynesburg University presented the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company with a $10,000 check, the first of five installments totaling $50,000 to offset the $417,000 cost of the company’s new 2013 Sutphen Rescue Pumper fire engine.
The first donation was given in memory of Robert W. Fox, a member of the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company from 1948 to 2011 who died on May 15, 2012, at the age of 83. Remarkably, Mr. Fox was still actively answering fire calls until 2009. Fox served in many leadership capacities within the fire company during his 62-year tenure, including president for 28 years. His father was a member of the company from 1941 to 1965, and Robert’s four sons and four of his grandsons are active members of the fire company.
He was also an important figure in many other local organizations, including: First Baptist Church of Waynesburg where he served as moderator, head usher and deacon; a member of the Board of Directors at First Federal Savings and Loan of Greene County; president of the Central Greene School Board; Melvin Jones awardee of the Waynesburg Lions Club; Paul Harris Fellow of the Waynesburg Rotary Club; and a Shriner of the Masonic Lodge #153 F&AM.
“Mr. Fox led a life exemplary of faith, serving and learning. For many years, he was a leader in the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, an organization that plays a key role in protecting our community. Our gift in his memory is a very fitting way to recognize both Mr. Fox’s service and the service of the fire company,” said President Timothy R. Thyreen.
In addition to his community involvement, Mr. Fox was a local businessman serving as mechanic, partner, owner and president of Fox Ford, Inc. in Waynesburg from 1946 until the time of his death. Fox expanded Fox Ford, Inc. to become an integral regional business through his connections and time served as a member and president of the Pennsylvania Automobile Association.
This donation to the fire company from Waynesburg University is not the first. The University presented the company with $50,000 for the purchase of the Fire Simulation Training Trailer and $30,000 toward a new fire truck from 2005 to 2007.
“The Waynesburg-Franklin Township Fire Department appreciates the partnership and support that is given from Waynesburg University,” said Jeff Marshall, fire chief.
The University also donated over $430,000 to the Waynesburg Borough for the purchase of new police cars, improvements to borough infrastructure, downtown beautification projects, contributions to the Borough Master Plan, recreational fields and parks maintenance and construction equipment.
Waynesburg University provides over $1 million in scholarships to Greene County students and over 50,000 hours of community service to the region annually, contributed by Waynesburg students, faculty and staff.
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