January 5, 2023
We are pleased to announce we have notified 3 organizations that we have approved their grant requests. The following organizations were granted in this new year:
- Penn Vet Working Dog Center - “Gloves, Eye Protection and Tactical Collars”.
- Greeley Volunteer Fire Company - “Fire Fighter Personal Gas Detection Monitors”.
- Westfall Township Volunteer Fire Company - “Step up and Lead Training”.
We are so excited to support the great work by these organizations!
Penn Vet Working Dog Center
Westfall Township Volunteer Fire Company
Greeley Volunteer Fire Company
October 6, 2022
The Cheltenham Township Water Rescue Task Force, with great enthusiasm, would like to thank the Kelble family and the board of The David G. Kelble Memorial Foundation and Helmets Off 4 David for their generosity. The grant awarded to us by this amazing foundation will be used to purchase updated water rescue equipment and to further advance our training. On behalf of the CTWRTF, I can not express our gratitude enough.
Chief Mike Oswald
Pictured (Left): Mike Oswald (CTWRTF), Jim Kelble, Dave Kelble (David G. Kelble Jr. Memorial Foundation), Rich Schuck (CTWRTF)
August 22, 2022
Posted from the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company Facebook page:
The Board, Officers, and Members of the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company of Benton Twp. are ecstatic to announce that FVFC is the recipient of a Grant from the Helmets Off 4 David - THE DAVID G. KELBLE JR. MEMORIAL FOUNDATION. Their generous grant will be used to purchase new boots and flashlights for our firefighters. It is our priority to ensure the safety of our first responders, those that put their lives on the line to protect our and the surrounding community.
We are beyond grateful and thankful for the foundation's support. Please help us in properly thank them with a comment!
And please consider a donation to the foundation. Visit their site and read about David and the mission of the foundation.
Pictured: Donald Smullen - David G. Kelble Jr. Memorial Foundation, Tony Saxton - FVFC Chief, Eric Wanick - FVFC Asst. Chief, Joshua Wanick- Junior Firefighter, and Larry Seiberlich - FVFC Fire Police.
July 22, 2022
Tonight, board members, Dave and Deb Kelble and Nancy Schneider were finally able to meet with Tasley, VA Fire Company for a photo op for the grant of the thermal imaging camera. Jeff Beall and Glenn Smith gave us a wonderful tour of their fire house and explained the operation of the camera. Thank you Jeff and Glenn! We are so glad that we finally able to meet with you and hear how we are able to help you and your team!
March 9, 2022
Tonight the board of Helmets off 4 David approved 3 grants. As these grants are fulfilled, we will bring you pictures.
Tasely, VA Volunteer Fire Company - Thermal Imaging Camera
Cheltenham, PA Volunteer Fire Company - Water Rescue Equipment and Training
Cayce, KY Volunteer Fire Company - a Donation to help them rebuild after the devastating tornados in December leveled their fire house and destroyed all of their equipment.
December 17, 2021
Helmets Off 4 David is proud to help support the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. This team prepares dogs for many situations that will help keep first responders safe.
July 26, 2021
Helmets Off 4 David is proud to help support the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler in Ambler, PA.
Through the assistance of one of their board members we were able to make a grant to pay for a number of training kits for their EMTs.
(Side note: On September 1, 2021 a devastating tornado touched down in the Fort Washington, Ambler and Horsham areas. As one of first responder organizations in the affected area, the EMTs of this organization are true heroes and deserving of as much support as we can give.)
July 14, 2021
In June 2021, Helmets Off 4 David was connected with the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company in Fleetville, PA. We asked how we could help and were told of a number of equipment needs. Based on the support that they provide the community near Fleetville, including highway rescues on Rt 81, we found that we could help by providing money for safety vests and leather boots. We are happy to help a very deserving volunteer fire company! See our page under Events to see pictures of our table at the 9/11/2021 Fall Fair and a vest that we helped Fleetville purchase.
June 15, 2021
On 6/15/2021 Helmets Off 4 David finally got the opportunity to get pictures of the Air Masks donated in 2020. Because of COVID restrictions, we felt it best to wait before getting pictures with the firefighters. Thank you to the firefighters who gave of their time to model the masks for us and a special thanks to Tom Lyons of the Glenside Weldon Fire Company for arranging our meeting.
April 24, 2020
The David G. Kelble, Jr Memorial foundation (Helmets off 4 David) has made a donation to Horsham Fire Company to assist in raising funds for the purchase of a decontamination unit for use with their and other local emergency organization’s equipment. This unit is vital to keeping our first responders safe. With your generous donations to our foundation we were able make this grant. THANK YOU!
April 6, 2020
We at Helmets off 4 David would like to thank every 1st responder and the medical personnel that are helping on the front lines right now. Your dedication and bravery are to be applauded every day, not just now.
We would like to share that our latest grant, that was started late last year, is for new air masks for the Weldon Fire Company The masks have been ordered but have not yet arrived. We hope that they add to the volunteers’ safety while fighting fire.
December 10, 2018
Our Foundation's first grant was given on December 10, 2018 to the Oreland, PA Fire Company for the purchase of an AED unit for one of their fire trucks. We are so proud to have made our first grant and are looking forward to further supporting the first responder community with future grants.
See Press Release.
(left to right): Oreland Fire Dep. Chief Don Sirianni, Debbie and Dave Kelble, Oreland Fire Co. President Chris Quinn and Chief Jim Gordon.
(left to right): David G. Kelble Jr. Memorial Foundation board member Joe Lowe, Oreland Fire Dep. Chief Don Sirianni, Jim, Debbie and Dave Kelble, all foundation board members, Oreland Fire Co. President Chris Quinn, foundation board member Dave Asher and Oreland Fire Chief Jim Gordon.
The Kelble family with the members of Oreland Fire Co.