Edward Parenzan, 1032 West Pine Street, will be Coal Township’s fire chief in 1949 as the result of his election to the department’s top post last night during the annual reorganization meeting in Fairview fire station.

Parenzan, president of the Fairview Company during the past year, was elevated to chief from the post of first assistant chief by virtue of a rotation plan followed by the department. Earl Strausser, Sr., of the Maine Company, was advanced to first assistant chief from second assistant and Alex Olshefskie of Brady was elected second assistant chief. Advancement to the post of fire chief is the result of years of active service as a fireman.

Fire department officers were elected, also during the session. Thomas Carr was named to his eleventh straight term as president. Carr is president of the Uniontown Company; also, John Feese of the Fairview Company was returned to the office of vice president. Charles Culp, Uniontown, was re-named secretary and Russell Olley of Brady was reelected treasurer.

Alex Olshefskie, Edward Kropinski and John Negherbon were elected auditors and Albert Stassick was named delegate to the state convention. Edward Parenzan succeeds Leo Fisher of Uniontown as chief.

The department voted to hold its annual banquet on January 27 in Uniontown fire station. Last night’s meeting was attended by all members of each department which consists of five representatives from each of Coal Township’s companies, Maine, Fairview, Uniontown, East End and Brady. Oliver Stillwagner is chairman of the banquet committee.

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