Newsoms dedicates new firehouse

Published 7:32 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2019



Newsoms Volunteer Fire Department dedication

Newsoms Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jonathan Hinson presents a plaque of recognition for the contributions that Hugh and Janet Vincent made so that the new firehouse could be built. The new structure is named in honor of Hugh’s parents, Hugh and Lillian Vincent. Stephen H. Cowles | Tidewater News

When Dean Vincent was asked to speak on Saturday in the new Hugh and Lillian Vincent Firehouse in Newsoms, he began by describing that his profession as engineer is “one who fixes problems.”

“This is not a problem,” said the grandson. “It’s a joy.”

The source of that happiness was being asked to serve as engineer for the construction of the new firehouse at the Newsoms Volunteer Fire Department. The ceremony to dedicate the recently completed structure took place that morning.

Dean lauded financiers Farmers Bank, architect Jerry Martin, contractor Chris Martin, High Ground Services and Dominion Energy. He also lauded Randolph Cook who “worked tirelessly for this building than anyone. It could not have happened without you.”

Naturally, he thanked his own parents, Hugh and Janet Vincent Jr.

In turn, Hugh reminisced about his own folks and growing up in Newsoms.

“My mother and father taught me to work … from that I developed wonderful work habits,” said Hugh. “I thank the Lord for my parents. Without them, we wouldn’t have this building.”

Their photo and a plaque that shows to whom the place is dedicated can be found inside the entrance.

Newsoms Chief Jonathan Hinson presented plaques of appreciation to Hugh, Dean, Randolph and VFD treasurer Al Briggs for his own service to both the squad and making the project a reality.

The new facility includes a meeting room, offices, bathrooms, locker and showers for men and women, as well as a kitchen.