Church Hill VFD in­stalls of­fi­cers

Record Observer - - Front Page - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

CHURCH HILL — The Church Hill Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment on Satur­day, Jan. 7, held its an­nual ban­quet and in­stal­la­tion of of­fi­cers for 2017.

Ken­neth N. Rhodes, out­go­ing pres­i­dent, led the pro­gram. He was re­placed as pres­i­dent by Brett M. Van­zant for 2017. Rhodes has served five one-year terms in that po­si­tion, in­clud­ing four terms con­sec­u­tively.

Rhodes gave a speech where he em­pha­sized his ac­com­plish­ments and asked the mem­bers to re­mem­ber those who came be­fore them. Look­ing back over his terms in of­fice, he said, “We had our highs and lows, mostly our highs.”

The heat­ing sys­tem was re­placed with a new one that will last 50 years or more and the first floor bath­room was ren­o­vated. Be­sides the an­nex­a­tion planned for the site, the park­ing lot was repaved.

But the big­gest ac­com­plish­ment, he said, was putting the fire de­part­ment in

bet­ter fi­nan­cial shape. It’s the best fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion in the de­part­ment’s his­tory, he said, but added that he doesn’t take full credit for it. It was a col­lec­tive ef­fort, he said

Rhodes also em­pha­sized the di­ver­sity of the mem­ber­ship, rang­ing in pro­fes­sions, race and gen­der, and he praised the mem­ber­ship’s vol­un­teer ef­forts. “When in a cri­sis, they leave their du­ties [at work] and do du­ties they aren’t paid for,” he said.

Van­zant com­mented about his new term as pres­i­dent. He will over­see the con­struc­tion of the new ad­di­tion, which will in­clude four more bays.

Be­sides Van­zant, five other peo­ple were in­stalled as ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cers for 2017 as fol­lows: D.J. Whitby Jr., vice pres­i­dent; Rosemarie Lo­bely-Van­zant, sec­re­tary; Jaclyn Nuck­els, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary; Sandra A. Reed, trea­surer; and Fran­cis D. Jester, as­sis­tant trea­surer.

Tyler W. Wil­liams will serve as the fire chief for 2017. The other mem­bers of the fire sup­pres­sion of­fi­cers are Stephen T. Hur­lock, first as­sis­tant chief; Ja­son E. Yian­nakis, se­cond as­sis­tant chief; Brett M. Van­zant, cap­tain; Robert S. Finck, cap­tain; D.J. Whitby Jr., lieu­tenant; Don­ald W. Hodges Jr., lieu­tenant; Brian G. Collins, chief en­gi­neer; and James D. Hen­der­son, as­sis­tant chief en­gi­neer.

The 2017 aux­il­iar y of­fi­cers are Holly McCrack­lin, pres­i­dent; Ali­cia Dodd, vice-pres­i­dent; Bon­nie McLendon, sec­re­tary; Alice Collins, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary; and Jane Jensen, trea­surer.

PHOT BY CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

Brett M. Van­zant, left, is the pres­i­dent of the Church Hill Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, re­plac­ing Ken­neth N. Rhodes, right.

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