Volunteer Firefighters are True Heroes

Volunteer Firefighters are True Heroes

Support Volunteer Firefighters!

Volunteer Firefighters are True HeroesVolunteer Firefighters are an essential part of many rural communities. If these areas didn’t have volunteers, state and local governments would spend millions to fun paid firefighters to do the same job.  Volunteers are required to have the same training at professionals in order to fight fires.

I live in a small town with a very active Volunteer Fire Company. The Volunteer Firefighters spend countless hours on training, fundraising, and equipment maintenance in addition to providing our community with Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Service. They do all of this WITHOUT pay! Can you imagine working a second job, and NOT getting paid for it? These men and women do, and they need your support!

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Meet My Husband – A Dedicated Volunteer Firefighter

volunteer firefighters husbandThis is my husband, Lonnie. You won’t meet a more dedicated Volunteer Firefighter. He was somewhat of a late bloomer and didn’t take his first firefighting class until he was 38 years old. He was the second oldest in his Firefighter 1 Class. He has since taken many classes and worked his way through the ranks, up to the position of Chief. He holds a full time job in a neighboring town and is also a Volunteer Firefighter there as well.  Some weeks he spends as many hours volunteering at the firehouse as he does at his real job.

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Being a Volunteer Firefighter is a Family Affair

volunteer firefighter emblemBeing a Volunteer Firefighter often runs in the family. Lonnie’s father was chief of a volunteer fire company and his grandfather and step father were members. When he married me, he married into a family with deep roots to the volunteer fire company. My grandfather was one of the earliest members of the Cordova Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and my grandmother was a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary. My father has been a member since he was 16 and served as chief for many years. Both of my brothers are Volunteer Firefighters with one of them serving as Past Chief, and the other is currently the Ambulance Captain. My Mom, Aunt, and I are past presidents of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Lonnie and I lived in a neighboring town and moved back to Cordova 12 years ago. It wasn’t until we moved back that he became interested in being a Volunteer Firefighter. When he commits to something, he gives it 100%. We have a room full of awards, many of which are for firefighter of the year.

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How are Volunteer Fire Companies Funded?

Volunteer Fire Companies usually receive some funding through the state or county where they serve. However, in many cases, this only contributes to a portion of their operating budget. Volunteer Fire Companies rely heavily on donations from individuals and businesses and make up the remaining budget with fundraising events. In order to maintain state of the art equipment and firefighting gear, and provide top notch services to the community, Volunteer Firefighters hold dinners, carnivals, raffles, Bingos, and other fundraisers.

Volunteer Firefighter Memorial

volunteer firefighter memorialAs the president of the Ladies Auxiliary, I was proud to serve on the committee to construct a Memorial honoring firefighters from the Cordova Volunteer Firemen’s Association and Ladies Auxiliary who have passed away. The memorial also honors the charter members of both organizations.

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Firefighter Memorial in Ocean City Maryland

volunteer firefighter memorial ocIn 2006 a Firefighter Memorial was constructed on the boardwalk in Ocean City Maryland. It was dedicated on the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The bronze statue and engraved pavers honor all firefighters around the world. To see more photos and a full story, visit Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company.

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Benefits of Being a Volunteer Firefighter

The pay is horrible for being a Volunteer Firefighter. Firefighters are woken up in the middle of the night for calls, but being part of a team to help your community is a big reward. Making lasting friendships and being there for people in their darkest hour is all of the pay that is needed. A simple “Thank You” goes a long way for these brave men and women.

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I write from a tiny town in rural Maryland. I enjoy crafting, especially scrapbooking, card making, rubberstamping, and creating with the Cricut. When not in my craft room, you can find me in my garden or planting flowers when the weather is warm. Pam Larmore is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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