Wise Avenue VFC puts on an impressive display as it celebrates 75 years of service
If you heard a lot of sirens in the area of Wise Avenue last Saturday, don’t be alarmed. It wasn’t an emergency; it was a celebration.
Fire personnel and apparatus from across the county (and beyond) gathered last weekend as the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company marked its 75th anniversary with a parade, followed by festivities at the North Point Government Center.
The sight was an impressive one as fire fighting equipment streamed down Wise Avenue, from Grays Road to Church Road, sirens wailing and lights flashing. Even as an adult, I felt a sense of awe watching the display. I can’t imagine what it was like for the many excited kids that waved eagerly from their spots along the parade route.
It is a testament to the Wise Avenue company’s reputation that personnel from so many different fire departments — both career and volunteer — came out to lend their support for the occasion.
For 75 years, since 1942, the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company has served the community, staffed by firefighters selflessly giving of themselves to save lives and property in Dundalk and point beyond, when needed.
Imagine that. Not only are these brave men and women running into burning buildings and responding to emergencies, but they are doing so as volunteers.
We owe them, and all firefighters and first responders, a debt of gratitude. And we owe them our support.
To donate to the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company, visit www.wavfc.com/support-us.php or call 410887-7262. For more information on joining the company, visit www.wavfc.com/recruitment.php.
For more information on ways to support the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Company, visit www.npevfd26.org or call 410-8877554.
For a complete listing of county career and volunteer fire departments, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/fire/stationinfo/index.html.
On another note, the holidays are quickly approaching. And one sure sign of Christmas in this area is the lighting of the Star of Bethlehem at Sparrows Point.
Though it no longer sits atop its perch on the mill’s L Blast Furnace (indeed, there is no furnace left upon which to perch), former mill site owner Tradepoint Atlantic has continued lighting the star each year at its new location at the Water Treatment Plant at Riverside Drive and Vo- gler Way on the Sparrows Point site.
This year’s lighting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 6 p.m. Event signs will lead the way to the site. All are welcome to witness the lighting and enjoy hot chocolate.
Though the mill may be gone, the hope and promise of the Christmas season, represented by the well-loved star, is alive and well and can never be extinguished. And, lastly, a reminder to send us your stuff, especial- ly pictures of your spooky Halloween houses.
We are accepting photos of local homes and businesses decorated for Halloween now through Monday, Oct. 23. Select photos will appear in the Oct. 26 issue of the Dundalk Eagle and online at www.dundalkeagle.com.
Photos (and whatever else you’ve got) can be submitted to email@example.com.
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A long line of firefighting apparatus streamed down Wise Avenue.
The “Star of Bethlehem” continues to shine at Sparrows Point.