As they held their first meeting at the new Municipal Building Mayor Robert Walsh and the members of the Howell Township Council paid tribute to one of the longest serving groups of volunteers in the town.
Since they were founded in February of 1927 the Adelphia Fire Company has been an important entity in the township and has also provided mutual aid to many of the surrounding towns.
In the proclamation read by Deputy Mayor William Gotto it was noted that the department has gone from using a donated hearse as their main vehicle to now having some of the top of the line equipment spread between the two houses. Gotto said the Adelphia group, also known as the Howell Fire Department, has responded to "thousands of emergency calls," in its time.
The Adelphia Fire Company covers an area of 22 square miles or roughly a third of the township. Chief Brian Prochnow accepted the proclamation on behalf of the department which was also dedicated to the former members, life members and the Ladies Auxiliary.
The proclamation served to honor the department after 85 years of service to the township and the residents of Howell.