Marystown Fire De­part­ment cel­e­brates 50 years

Va­ri­ety of events held to mark the oc­ca­sion

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE MARYSTOWN, NL

The Marystown Fire De­part­ment marked its golden an­niver­sary last week.

A va­ri­ety of events to com­mem­o­rate the achieve­ment were held, be­gin­ning with a meet and greet for past and present mem­bers of the de­part­ment held July 14 at the fire hall.

Justin Bolt, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer with the de­part­ment said, “The 50th An­niver­sary Com­mit­tee, led by chair­per­son Ge­orge Shave, did a phe­nom­e­nal job or­ga­niz­ing and host­ing the week­end full of events.

“The at­ten­dance of past mem­bers made the week­end for all us as they shared their sto­ries of the past 50 years.”

The de­part­ment, formed in 1967, has grown from then 16 fire­fight­ers to a mod­ern de­part­ment with 30 mem­bers.

Other events held as part of the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded an open house at the fire hall, a BBQ and so­cial for past and present mem­bers, part­ners and in­vited guests and a me­mo­rial ser­vice.

The cel­e­bra­tions wrapped up with a com­mu­nity pa­rade held July 16.

Bolt said the open house and pa­rade were both well at­tended by the pub­lic.

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Past and present mem­bers of the Marystown Fire De­part­ment had an op­por­tu­nity to so­cial­ize and ex­change sto­ries at a Meet and Greet held as part of the 50th an­niver­sary.

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The old­est past fire­fighter in at­ten­dance, Arch Spencer and youngest cur­rent fire­fighter of the Marystown Fire De­part­ment, Justin Green, helped Fire Chief Alex Coady cut the 50th an­niver­sary cake.

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Fire Chief Alex Coady (left) along with for­mer Marystown Fire De­part­ment fire­fighter Corn Green.

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A me­mo­rial ser­vices was held in me­mory of de­ceased past mem­bers of the Marystown Fire De­part­ment.

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Irene Hod­der was the first fe­male fire­fighter with the Marystown Fire De­part­ment.

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