Three members of the Rose Tree Fire Company No. 1 were recognized and presented with awards at the 116th Anniversary Banquet of the Delaware County Fireman’s Association of the State of Pennsylvania, held at the Boothwyn Fire Company Banquet Hall on October 1, 2022.
Members Don Wilkins and Darryl Harris were presented with their Delaware County Fireman’s Association Life Membership Awards. Darryl was unable to attend the festivities. The Honorable Curt Weldon and Don’s wife Sue were on hand for the ceremonies.
The Robert R. Baxter, Jr. Firefighter of the Year Award is
presented to a member of the Delaware County Firemen’s
Association for outstanding or meritorious effort on behalf of the Fire Service. Any member in good standing of the Association is eligible to be nominated by any individual member or organization member in good standing for this award. The 2022 recipient is Deputy Chief Michael Cosgrove from the Rose Tree Fire Company No. 1.
Michael is a life member of the fire company with over 23 years of service to Rose Tree. He is always around the station helping to train members. In between drills and calls he can be found at the station assisting with a myriad of work needed to keep the equipment and station in working order. And all of this is to say nothing of the many contributions he makes on the administrative side of our operations. He exemplifies the commitment to service that has allowed the Rose Tree Fire Company to provide fire protection to our community for nearly 70 years. Mike’s wife Joanna and son Lt. Owen Cosgrove were present with Mike for this award.
PIO ZAPPASODI CONGRESSIONAL
FIRE SERVICE AWARD
This award is named after the late Pio Zappasodi a long-
time member of the Delaware County Firemen’s Association who represented the 8th District on the Executive Board. The
honorable Curt Weldon presents this award annually, to a person who has helped the fire service in Delaware County. The 2022 recipient is Donald K. Wilkins of Rose Tree Fire Company No. 1.
Don has been an active member of Rose Tree Fire Company for over 55 years and has held the positions of firefighter, Asst.
Engineer, Chief Engineer, and Chief. He is presently Asst.
Engineer and Historian. Don has also been a member of South
Media fire Company, and Middletown fire Company for over 25 years. Don also held the position of Captain at Westinghouse Fire Co. and Sterling imaging, and
emergency Coordinator for Johnson and Johnson. Don is also a life member of DCFA and has spent a lifetime serving his community. The Honorable Curt Weldon presented this award to Don after an exceptional discussion of how Delaware County has lead the national Fire Service throughout this entire nation. His wife Sue was proud to see Don receive this award.
Rose Tree Fire Company members in attendance to share in the celebration of these Honorees were Ken Medrow, William
Campbell, Abigail Henry, RJ Centrone, James Henry, Owen
Cosgrove, Mike Cosgrove, Don Wilkins, William MacCain, Jr.,
Christine Benedetto, Margaret King, Francesca D’Amico, and
David Miller (not pictured).