On Saturday, June 16th, many members from Hollywood made their way over to the Eastern Shore for the 120th Annual Maryland State Firemen's Convention in Ocean City. This turned out to be a week that Hollywood won't soon forget. Throughout the week, many members were recognized for their achievements in the fire service. On Sunday, Past President and Life Member Charles "Jenks" Mattingly was honored for his service not only towards the Hollywood VFD but towards the Maryland State Firemen's Association where he served as President. Firefighter Mike "Bubba" Sullivan received the Maryland State Firefighter of the Year award. Mike has put in countless hours at Hollywood and has gone above and beyond his duties to make sure tasks are completed. Mike also was recognized for his dedication towards Fire Prevention at Hollywood.
The Maryland State Firemen's Association Parade was held on Wednesday, June 20th. Members of Hollywood spent countless hours cleaning and detailing the apparatus for the parade. There were over 30 members who participated in the parade this year. After a long and hot day, Hollywood received the following awards:
Best Appearing Color Guard 3rd Best Marching Unit Most Uniformed Members Best Appearing Ladies Auxiliary Ladies Auxiliary Traveling Longest Distance Judges Awards for Prevention 7 Best Appearing Fire Prevention 3rd Best Appearing Antique (25 years or older) Honorable Mention for Engine 1500 GPM (Engine 72) Best Appearing Special Unit (Raft 7) Best Appearing Squad
And Hollywood also took the top trophy, the A. Marvin Gibbons Award, for the Best Appearing Company Overall. To our knowledge this is the first time that a company from Southern Maryland has ever won this trophy. Last year Hollywood received the award for 2nd Best Appearing Company but this year we made a statement!