Members of the Band traveled to Colorado Springs to honor Lt. Kevin McRae as his name was added to the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Wall.
The Band had the honor of playing "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch at the Nationals-Phillies game on September 11th. Piper Billy Whetzel delivered the game ball to Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez.
Piper and Charter Member Tommy Keelan Sr. was laid to rest July 29th. Thank you to everyone for their support during this time.
Video courtesy of Piper Peter Elliott
The DCFD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums regrets to announce the passing of Piper Tommy Keelan Sr. Tommy was a charter member of the band and a huge part of the Band Family. Tommy was one of our most dedicated members, and traveled 3 hours each way to get to practice. Even at 77 years young he was still marching with the band in parades. The band is heartbroken to say the least, and won't be the same without him.
Tommy retired from the Washington, DC Fire Department as a Lieutenant in 1985 from 32 engine. His son Tommy is still on the job, and is a
Wagon Driver at 16 Engine.
Please keep the Keelan family in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the members of the Band, and the DCFD.
It was an honor to march and play beside you Tommy, you'll never be forgotten.
WE LOVE YOU!
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Piper Billy Whetzel will drive Rescue Squad 2 for the last time on Wednesday, June 8th. Billy is the Senior Fireman in the Department and a Charter Member of the Band. According to his calculations, as of June 11th, he has been on the Job for:
35 Years, 1 month, and 17 Days.....Or:
Congratulations Billy and here's to a long & Happy Retirement!
The Band played at the Department Award Ceremony on May 17th. Congratulations to all award recipients including the following band members:
BFC Bobby Mullikin-Chief Officer of the Year
FF/Technician Billy Whetzel-Firefighter of the Year
LT. Jeff Patton-Bronze Bar for Valor
Capt. Danny Troxell-Unit Citation
Capt. Scott Sefton-Pre Hospital Care Award