Lakeville Hose Company dedicates its new fire station

SALISBURY — The new fire station at 4 Brook St. was officially opened last November in a solemn ceremony held at night, with flags and full dress uniforms on all the Lakeville Hose Company volunteers.A more fun, less formal celebration was held last Saturday, June 4, when the entire town was invited to celebrate the new 10-bay firehouse.Children ran around in shorts and summery T-shirts, eating popcorn and clambering around on the parked fire-fighting vehicles. Firefighters kept a watchful eye on the kind of fire nearly everyone likes to see, the kind that’s on a large barbecue grill. Of course when the event began at 11 a.m., the volunteers were wearing their full-dress uniforms, not their aprons. They stood solemnly at attention as speeches were made and thanks were offered. The Rev. Joseph Kurnath of St. Mary’s Church in Lakeville offered a benediction, and was one of many people during the ceremony to comment on the attractiveness of the building.First Selectman Curtis Rand, on behalf of the Board of Selectmen, acknowledged the many people who helped create the new station. The firefighters themselves came to the selectmen in 2006 with a request for a larger space. The Hotchkiss School was instrumental in making the dream of a new facility a reality. The school offered a matching grant promising to pay $400,000 toward the costs if the town could raise $600,000.John “Rusty” Chandler was thanked profusely at several points, for taking charge of the initial Firehouse Advisory Committee and for managing the Firehouse Campaign Committee. He was one of several people who received special citations from the town for the work. He also received a gift. Also thanked were Peter Becket, the recording secretary for the project; Jason Wilson, chief of the Hose Company and Rick Roger, who was chief during the period when the firehouse was being built and moved (both made a special point of saying he accepted not on his own behalf but on behalf of the entire company); Tom Francoline, a member of the building committee; and Selectman Bob Riva, who managed and oversaw much of the project. “The ultimate thank you of the day” went to “the men and women of the Lakeville Hose Company.” Rand noted that, “After this committee work, after this building and campaign, they will remain here working, ever vigilant, brave and with total dedication to protecting your safety, day and night, four seasons, and at great personal risk. “You are our true heroes, and that is why the ultimate dedication goes to you, for this building as a thank you from all of us who stand beside you with pride and wonder. “Please accept our true gratitude and know that we will always be there to support you and help you, as you do so well for us.”

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