McQueeney VFD Responds to Fire in Altwein Lane Estates

At  approximately 5:30 PM Sunday Nov. 25, the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported kitchen fire at 124 Rosemary Loop.  The initial report from dispatch indicated the fire started on the stove, all occupants were out of the residence and the occupants had turned off the electric power to the structure.  The fire department arrived within 6 minutes of dispatch to find a doublewide manufactured home with smoke venting from the roof and front door.  Due to the amount of smoke seen, we requested an engine from Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department.  An initial attack hose line was deployed through the front door and the fire was located in the kitchen and quickly extinguished while other personnel searched the remainder of the residence to confirm that no one was still inside the house.  The fire was was under control within 30 minutes and the fire department remained on scene until 7:30 PM to confirm the fire was fully extinguished and to assist the fire marshal with his investigation.  One engine, one rescue truck and 9 firefighters from McQueeney and one engine, one rescue truck and firefighters from Lake Dunlap operated under the command of Chief Tim Bogisch.  In addition to Lake Dunlap, we would like to thank GCSO deputies and Seguin Fire Marshal Greg Dreiss for their assistance.
  

Lake Safety Report Released

The lakes safety report has been released. Please click on link below for complete report.

http://www.lakemcqueeney.org/pdf/GVL_IEP_Report_21Oct2019.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1-VegifgbQsHYpVcz6HNLzcfofliyePvnw5b_0d2hsRnfaVaoi6nTZYXM

 
 
 
 

McQueeney VFD Awarded Power Up Grant

     On Monday, October 7, GVEC presented a Power Up grant for $20,000 to the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department. One of the missions of the Power Up program is to reinvest money into the communities which GVEC serves by presenting grants to local nonprofit groups. The funds for the grant are acquired by members allowing GVEC to round up their electrical bill to the nearest dollar, and collecting the difference as a donation.  Approximately 20% of collected funds are distributed for community assistance to help low income and elderly members pay their electric bills. The other 80% are distributed through grants to nonprofit groups and civic organizations. Applications are completed by the organizations requesting the grants and evaluated by a Review Committee

     The funds awarded to McQueeney VFD will be used to purchase new battery powered extrication tools. We’re excited to add this new equipment to our department so we can continue to provide the highest level of service to our community.

Thanks GVEC! 

McQueeney Firefighters Participate in the 2019 Tower Climb

On September 11, 2019, about 2000 first responders from all around Texas and the nation took part in the Seventh Annual San Antonio 110 9/11 Memorial Climb at the Tower of the Americas to honor the first responders who perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. The participants climbed the tower, 64 flights, twice, exceeding the 110 flights at the World Trade Center. Each wore a tag bearing the name and picture of one of the firefighters who died in the attack. As they completed the climb, each participant rang a bell and read the name of the firefighter on the tag that they had worn. Seven McQueeney VFD volunteers participated in the climb: Chief Tim Bogisch, Assistant Chief Ray A. Salas, President Jawad Sheikh, Firefighters Joshua Harlow, Steven Talavera, Brandon Bogisch and Mike Wiedner.

GBRA Delays Dewatering of Lakes

 
 

Today a settlement was reached with the GBRA for the issuance of a Temporary Injunction which will stop the draining of the lakes. This settlement protects our community and economy, and will bring all sides to the table to find meaningful, long-term solutions to save our lakes. Effective this Thursday, September 19, 2019, all Guadalupe

Valley Lakes will be closed to ALL activity for at least 30 days. During this 30 days, a panel of safety experts (one appointed by us, one appointed by GBRA and one agreed upon by the two of us) will examine the lakes and all engineering reports to determine if any safety issues exist. Upon that determination, the panel of experts will develop zones where recreational activities will be limited and/or restricted. This settlement would not have been possible without the support of our entire community, our dedicated legislators, our County Judge, County Attorney and Sheriff, our attorneys, our educators, our moral and financial supporters, the property owners and the leadership at GBRA. We are asking that ALL property owners and your guests respect the restrictions that are enacted and ordered. It will take the cooperation of all involved for us to be successful long-term.

McQueeney VFD Mourns Loss of Firefighter

 

 

Maria “Wally” Herrera-Hernandez

August 29, 1962 – August 25, 2019

Maria “Wally” Herrera-Hernandez of Seguin, Texas entered into eternal rest on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the age of 56. She was born on August 29, 1962 in San Antonio, Texas to Victor G. Herrera and Maria Trinidad-Pais.

Maria is preceded in death by her son, Javier Enrique Ramirez; daughter, Carolina Christina Ramirez; brother, Daniel Herrera; maternal grandparents, Inez and Carolina Ramos and paternal grandparents, Ernesto and Victoria Herrera.

She is survived by her father, Victor G. Herrera; mother, Maria Trinidad-Pais and step father, William Pais; son, Joe Angel Hernandez; grandchildren, Kalanie Hernandez and Joe Anthony Hernandez; siblings, Victor G. Herrera II, Ernesto Inez Herrera, Marisella Patriz Luna and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Maria was a loving, fun and caring spirit. She was very intelligent, creative and artistic. She was always willing to help anyone in need and would give the shirt off her back. So much so that she spent time volunteering at the McQueeney Fire Department as well as for the Blue Santa with the San Antonio Police Department. Maria was known for her protective nature, she was 4’11 and three quarters but was a force to be reckoned with. She was known for always protecting her family especially her brothers. She was also an avid shopper at the Dollar Tree and Dollar General, if it was within a 30 mile radius of her home you could find her shopping in it. Maria will be deeply missed by her family and all of those lives she touched. The Dollar Tree and Dollar General have also lost their #1 customer.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by reciting of the rosary at 10:30 a.m. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. and funeral services will conclude at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family asks to make donations to The McQueeney Fire Department.

McQueeney Fire Department
9315 FM725, McQueeney TX 78123
Tel: 1-830-557-6702
Web: https://www.mcqueeneyvfd.org/