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Plainville recognizes volunteer firefighters

 (From left) Alex Grigg, Billy Crowder, Mark Harrison, Rick Curtis, Drew Gilbert, Stephen Curtis, Rev. Gary Rarick and Christie O’Brien (representing Congresswoman Anne Marie Buerkle) hold lit candles in recognition of a Memorial Day celebration in Plainville honoring volunteer firefighters.

(From left) Alex Grigg, Billy Crowder, Mark Harrison, Rick Curtis, Drew Gilbert, Stephen Curtis, Rev. Gary Rarick and Christie O’Brien (representing Congresswoman Anne Marie Buerkle) hold lit candles in recognition of a Memorial Day celebration in Plainville honoring volunteer firefighters.

— At 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, Plainville Christian Church UCC held a Volunteer Firefighter Memorial Service in its sanctuary in the hamlet of Plainville. In commemoration of Memorial Day, the service remembered those members of local volunteer fire departments who passed away during the last year.

As each name was read, a candle was lit and a bell rung. Names included: Gerry Lyons, Donald Austin, Patricia Kelly and Virginia Hagerman from Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.; Ronald Boyle, Charles Filsinger, William Dix and Arthur Helmbold, Jr. from Belgium Cold Springs Volunteer Fire Department; and Russ Wilson and Betty Mosher from Lysander Volunteer Fire Department.

Both active and retired members of local fire departments in attendance were recognized. Hymns were sung, scripture read and a poem titled “Firefighter’s Gloves” was recited. Rev. Gary Rarick, pastor at Plainville, delivered a brief sermon explaining the importance and sacrifice of the volunteer firefighter in the service given to the community.

The service was followed by a reception in the church’s community center and Belgium Cold Springs brought a fire truck for people to see up close.

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