Wise Av­enue VFC puts on an impressive dis­play as it cel­e­brates 75 years of ser­vice

The Dundalk Eagle - - OPINION - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

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 nrod­man@ches­pub.com.

Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the writer and do not rep­re­sent the opin­ion of The Dun­dalk Ea­gle or Adams Pub­lish­ing Group.

A long line of fire­fight­ing ap­pa­ra­tus streamed down Wise Av­enue.

The “Star of Beth­le­hem” con­tin­ues to shine at Spar­rows Point.

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