Letter from Paul Blanford on Passing of Lisa Dudrick

Hello Everyone,

It is with a heavy heart I announce the passing of Lisa Dudrick, a former Fire Police Officer at the Garrettford Drexel Hill Fire Company and a member of both 7th and 8th districts and Delaware County Fire Police Associations. Lisa (and her partner Lynn West) moved to Georgia several years ago. Unfortunately, there are no funds for Lisa to be cremated and transported back to Pennsylvania for burial.

I have been in touch with her brother David, who has started a Go Fund Me account. In lieu of donating to the Go Fund Me account (Go Fund Me charges a percentage of the collected money), I suggest donations be sent to me then I will forward the donations to her brother David directly. Subsequently, anyone wishing to contribute should contact myself, Paul Blandford, at 610-299-2486 with an amount. Any and all contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Additionally, Lisa still had her helmet and other fire police items in her apartment. When the funeral home saw this they draped her body with an American Flag as she was being removed from her apartment, it was a very thoughtful tribute.

God bless you all and stay safe,

Paul Blanford

Passing of Fire Police Captain James L. Maitland

We regret to announce the LODD (Line of Duty Death) of Fire Police Captain James Maitland. Jim passed away at Riddle Memorial Hospital on Thursday December 23rd, 2021 after a brief battle with COVID-19. Jim served as Fire Police Captain with Parkside Fire Company as well as Fire Police Captain of Upland Fire Company. Jim was a wonderful kind-hearted man who would help anyone and it showed in his dedication to emergency services as well as in his military career. Jim was a great asset to Delaware County and will truly be missed.

Jim started his career in the fire service in 1988 when he joined Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company in Rock Hall Maryland. Jim joined Parkside Volunteer Fire Company in 1993 where he held the positions of Trustee, Fire Police Lt, and Fire Police Captain. Jim most recently also joined Upland Volunteer Fire Company in September of 2021 to aid in their Fire Police division holding the position of Fire Police Captain..

Jim was a great guy that would do anything for you. Jim helped many people and touched many lives. He was always the one person who you could turn to any time for anything. Jim was the man that would joke with you one day and had no problem putting you in your place the next day, that’s the kind of person everyone needs in their lives. A loyal friend and mentor to many people both in life and in the fire service. Jim may you rest easy with friends Gary Mulligan and John English, and please watch over those friends and family members left behind. You will always be loved and missed by many.

A Memorial Service will be held on January 7th, 2022 at Upland Baptist Church, 325 Main Street Upland, PA starting at 6pm. Fire apparatus are requested to participate. For more information, please contact Upland Fire Company Deputy Chief Jeff Hill. Please keep the Maitland Family and the Officers and Members of both Upland & Parkside Fire Companies in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Obituary of James L. Maitland

James L. Maitland, age 76 of Upland, PA, passed away on December 23, 2021 at Riddle Memorial Hospital. Born to the late James W. and Brenna Mae Sommers Maitland, in Chester, PA, James resided for the past 30 years in Upland, PA, previously residing in Eastern Shore, MD. James currently worked for Murphy Ford, and previously was a truck driver, hauling heavy equipment. He was a member of the Upland Fire Co., Parkside Fire Co., Rock Hall Fire Co., and served as the Captain of Fire Police. In his spare time he enjoyed paranormal investigations with his best friend, Steven Edwards, was a Baltimore Ravens football fan, and loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. A veteran, Jim served his country as a Veteran in the US Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Eleanor “Sam” Maitland, 3 children, James (Jennifer) Maitland, Michael (Jennifer) Maitland, and Kevin (Linda) Maitland, and a step-daughter, Stephanie (Richard) Bauer, grandchildren, Ashley, Ryan, Andrew, Ciara, Jason, Jasmine, Darian and Kristie, and 2 great-grandchildren, Marilyn and John. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 7th at 6:00pm at the Upland Baptist Church, Upland, PA. Donations in his memory may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation ( Online condolences may be made by visiting


Funeral Service

6:00 pm Friday, January 7, 2022
Upland Baptist Church
325 Main St.
Upland, Pennsylvania, 19015

Passing of Jerry Gaspero

It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Jerry Gaspero. Jerry was a member of the Upper Chichester Fire Police Association and Reliance Fire Company Station 61 now Upper Chichester Fire Department Station 10. Jerry passed away this morning in the hospital. No further details are available at this time. We ask that you keep his family, friends, and extended family from the Reliance and Upper Chichester Fire Departments along with Upper Chichester Fire Police Assoc. in your heart and prayers. Once more information is available it will be posted.

Services for Fran *UPDATE*

Sorry everyone but due to updated restrictions by Gov. Wolf and the state of Pennsylvania there will be NO HONOR GUARD. Due to number of people restricted in the building to 10 people at a time Honor Guard has been Canceled. If you wish to pay your respects we are asking that you please stagger your time between 12:00 and 13:45. Services will be held at 14:00 and can be viewed online at the link below. Thank you for your time and understanding. 

Services will be streamed live at:

Meeting ID: 880 9578 4137

Passcode: 556713

Services for Fran Desmond

Funeral Services for Fran Desmond will be Saturday December 5th at Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home located at 5980 Chichester Avenue Aston, PA 19014. The funeral home is located at the intersection of Chichester Ave. & Concord Road. Visitation will be from Noon till 13:45 with services following @ 14:00. Grave site services are not known at this time.

*Due to Covid-19 Regulations for the State of Pennsylvania, effective Friday, 11/27/2020, there will be a maximum of 35 people allowed in the funeral home at one time. – From Nolan-Fidale website.

Passing of Fran Desmond

Today we lost a good friend and the current President of the organization Fran Desmond. Fran passed away this morning at Crozer Hospital around 1:30 AM. No further details are available at this time. We ask that you keep his family, friends, and fellow officers and members of station 62 and the Delaware County Fire Police Assoc. in your hearts and prayers. Once more information is available it will be posted.