Perkiomen Fire Company Volunteer, Like Others Elsewhere, Doesn’t Fight Fires

Video filmed, edited, and produced by Meghan Drakas
for The Post

PERKIOMEN TOWNSHIP PA – When a fire siren sounds, and highly trained volunteers from the Perkiomen Township Fire Company roll out to help neighbors and their properties in danger, Schwenksville resident Ted Hodgins often rolls out too. He’s won’t arm himself with a helmet or hose or a ladder, though; instead he’s taking cameras and lenses to the scene.

Hodgins plays a different, but fire company officials say, valuable role as a volunteer.

An executive with Comcast Corp., Hodgins puts his spare time to work creating photo and video records of the fire company in action. He documents its many activities – fire calls, responses to accidents, training exercises, fund-raising events, charitable work with other groups, and public education efforts – so township residents it serves can regularly see and learn about how their donations and tax dollars are put to work.

  • Watch a video (above) about Hodgins and his volunteer photo and social media work, filmed and produced by Post intern Meghan Drakas, or see it at The Post’s YouTube channel, here.

Hodgins has loved photography since childhood, and honed his skills over many years. Some of his sports action photos adorn the walls and shelves of high school and college parents’ homes across the Perkiomen Valley. And Perkiomen isn’t the only fire company that benefits from his talents; photos also are taken of, and made available to, neighboring companies that respond to the same calls.

Fire companies across western Montgomery County, and the nation as a whole, recognize not everyone is suited to suit up and battle blazes. They also know everyone has talents that could be helpful in whatever their organizations must accomplish.

Any fire company near where area residents live can use whatever help they can offer, in whatever time they’re willing to volunteer, their leaders say.

Editor’s note: This video story represents the last reporting effort proud Penn State grad Meghan Drakas will produce for The Post. Please join Managing Editor Joe Zlomek in thanking her for several months of outstanding local journalism, and best wishes as she heads for her first assignment as a television multi-media journalist and reporter.

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Reported by Meghan Drakas for The Post; learn more about her, here.