Lepanto Volunteer Fire Department Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2001

On Friday, December 14, Santa made a surprise visit to the Lepanto School cafetorium. He was ready for the occasion with lots of toys and gifts for the children and the Lepanto Fire Department filled in with door prizes donated by the local area businesses for many of the guests.

Among those, Eric McGhee walked away with a telephone, Tommy Baine won a 13" color TV and Paige Tyler won a beautiful Christmas quilt.

The many children among the 105 guests lined up for pictures with Santa and they were not disappointed. Large bags of gifts were displayed and the children were allowed to choose which item they preferred. It was a joyful time.

The Christmas meal was excellent and prepared by the cafeteria staff.

Honored guests were the retired firemen and their families. The Lepanto Fire Department is a volunteer service and to achieve retirement status, 20 years of active duty must be served. Those honored were: Alphas Anderson, Jack Brewer, Victor Cornish, Jack Foote, Kenneth Hall, Dean Hattle, John Henderson, Paul Howard, Rayond Oakes, Edward Poskey, Sr., James Pounders, James Stacks, J. R. Truelove, Perry Vickers, Earnie Walling, Johnny Walling and D. D. Watters. Survivors of retirees honored were: Edith Fulton, Anita Johnson, Linda Powell, Peggy Overbey and Gwen Walling.

Steven's Square executive director, Doris Pounders presented the department with a certificate of appreciation, beautifully framed and announced that they were the heart of the city. She eloquently listed many of their contributions to the citizens of Lepanto, far and above those of fighting fires, including assisting with the Terrapin Derby each year to ensure everyone's safety and well being.

Chief Damon Tyler recognized all the firefighters for their consistent efforts to maintain the well being of the city and thanked them for their professionalism and dedication.

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