Thanks to those who made fundraiser a success

Published 11:02 pm Sunday, September 21, 2008

To the editor:

I would like to thank everyone that came out and supported the Franklin Fire and Rescue barbecue dinner on Sept. 13. A lot of work went into preparing for this event, and I would like to thank all involved in the behind-the-scenes activities. I would also like to extend a hearty thanks to our “A” shift for all their hard work. A special thanks to everyone that purchased a ticket to this worthwhile event.

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone that donated monetarily to our department and a special thanks to Jim Rainey.

Also we appreciate the advertising support from The Tidewater News and WLQM and Nixon’s Catering for helping us carry out this event.

Recently the volunteers of our department voted to host a fund-raiser to help with the purchase of a siren for one of our trucks. We are working on preparations now to sponsor a dance to aid in this purchase, and we look forward to your support.

It takes a lot of work, hours, energy and dedication to keep the department going, and the support of our patrons is greatly appreciated. And it takes a lot of people to keep our department going, thus we are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have questions please call 562-8581 or you can contact me at 569-8025.

Volunteers must be 18 years old, must have a valid Virginia driver’s license and have a clean driving and criminal record. Background checks are performed on all applicants.

Our department responds to approximately 2,500 calls per year in addition to providing public education and training. Please continue to support your local fire and rescue. We are available for assistance 24 hours a day — seven days a week — rain or shine.

Don’t forget the move-over law. Drivers need to yield the right of way and reduce speed when approaching stationary emergency vehicles on highways and streets. Slow down and move over — it’s the law.

And please consider becoming a volunteer. You can provide valuable assistance and become an asset to your community. Remember you can make a difference.

Susan Keeter

President/EMS Captain