Thank You From Que­mado Fire

Catron Courier - - Front Page - By Sher Brown

Que­mado Fire and EMS wants to send out a huge “thank you!” to the cit­i­zens of north­ern Ca­tron County. We couldn’t do it with­out you. We need to es­pe­cially thank Jimbo Williams and his wife, Tr­isha, of Ag Coun­try Propane and we need to thank Dean and Bil­lie

Wil­fong, of Sierra Propane. And thank you to all the ven­dors in town who do­nated door prizes through the Que­mado Aux­il­iary. Those gen­er­ous folks were J&Y, South­west Sup­ply, Kim’s Cor­ner, Largo, Coun­try Store, Ag Propane, and Sierra Propane.

Once again, Jimbo and Tr­isha Williams stepped up to pay for ev­ery­one’s lunch at our an­nual BBQ fundraiser. Their gen­eros­ity not only en­sured that our ex­penses were cov­ered, but also pro­vided a lit­tle profit. But that’s just the be­gin­ning. Be­cause they were so gen­er­ous, it al­lowed oth­ers to be gen­er­ous too. Many peo­ple put the money in­tended for lunch tick­ets into our do­na­tion boot and that is what gives us the funds to do some of the extra things we couldn’t oth­er­wise af­ford.

The funds we get from the state are very re­stric­tive in what we can and can­not buy. On the fire side, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, our money is re­stricted to those things nec­es­sary to fight struc­ture fires. On the EMS side, the an­nual bud­get barely cov­ers the day-to-day ex­penses. The fire side can help the EMS side to some de­gree, and that does hap­pen, but it still isn’t enough to buy the equip­ment we need to pro­vide qual­ity care to our cit­i­zens.

Do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity al­low us to buy those things that we ei­ther can’t buy with state funds, or helps us buy items that ex­ceed our bud­get. The monies that you have given have done both. You’ve helped pur­chase valu­able Fire and EMS equip­ment and you’ve helped us make much needed re­pairs and up­grades to our fire sta­tion.

Thanks for mak­ing that pos­si­ble, Jimbo and Tr­isha!

In ad­di­tion to meet­ing our main­te­nance needs this year, we in­tend to present a schol­ar­ship to a Que­mado High School grad­u­ate who has shown out­stand­ing cit­i­zen­ship by vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity. De­tails of the schol­ar­ship and ap­pli­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion will be pub­lished at the school dur­ing the 2016-17 school year.

This year, we also ben­e­fited from Sierra Propane’s gen­eros­ity when they de­cided to top off our kitchen re­model with a brand new kitchen range. Some­times our train­ings can go more than 4 hours. When that hap­pens, we cer­tainly try to feed our mem­bers. And when we’re on a fire for more than 4 hours, a hot meal, brought to us by our Fire Corp, can sure make a dif­fer­ence in our stamina. So thank you, Dean and Bil­lie!

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