Warsaw firefighters plan event to thank community

| June 17, 2013

WARSAW – The Walhonding Valley Fire District is saying thank you to the community this weekend.

“We want to let them know how much we appreciate them and what they have done to help us,” said Shawn Walters, who is a firefighter with the department.

The department’s community day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the station which is located on Bridge Street.

“Our levy passed last November and we wanted to bring the community in so they could see the equipment we use,” Walters said. “The whole place will be open to walk through.”

Levies help the department purchase and update equipment that helps keep the firefighters and the public safe.

“We recently got a new Polaris Ranger that we can use for grass fires and to help us get to people in hard to reach areas,” Walters said.

He also noted that the smoke house trailer will be at the event for kids to crawl through, MedFlight is scheduled to land, extrication and rope rescue demonstrations are being planned and refreshments will be served.

Attendees also will be able to wonder across the street for the grand opening of the Walhonding Valley Historical Society’s museum, which is located in an old hotel. It also will be open from noon to 4 p.m. June 22.

“Our first museum was in the old post office behind the hotel,” said Dale Davis, president of the historical society. “People in the area were so good to us by giving and loaning us items that we just ran out of room. We also wanted our own building. We were just leasing the other one from the Village of Warsaw and this building is on the National Register of Historic Places so it also gave us the opportunity to save an old building.”

Davis said the public will find a little bit of everything at the museum, which features items such as old pictures, bottles and cameras to school uniforms.

“It has a lot of area history,” he said. “My favorite piece is probably the bar of soap from Woodbury Mining Company. There is just a lot of cool stuff that people need to come and check out.”

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