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Arapahoe Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 50 years

 

By Mac Rubel | Special to the County Compass

50-years-logoARAPAHOE — This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the members of Station 15, Arapahoe Fire-Rescue, are celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

“Everyone is invited,” said Fire Chief Chris Lee. “This is a special occasion and it is open to everyone in the County, especially all members of our sister stations, Pamlico Rescue, and the County Sheriff’s Office. We all work together as a community. We should share in the celebration too.”

In addition to selling a plate lunch featuring either barbecue or fried chicken (or both), members of five or six local churches and organizations will be helping with a community bake sale of homemade goodies. Free soft drinks are provided by the New Bern Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.

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One of the most horrific fires ever experienced by the Arapahoe Volunteer Fire Department occurred in June 2007 when nearby Bethany Christian Church burned to the ground.

In addition to food and drink, look for presentations on fire safety and first aid, displays of fire and rescue equipment, and a ‘photo-op’ for kids sitting in the driver’s seat of Arapahoe’s first-line engine and getting a chance to spray water with a real fire hose. The 25 members of Station 15 will be there to help and answer your questions.

Orders will also be taken for emergency reflective house locator signs that are mandated by the county to help find house locations when emergency services are called.

NC State Forest Service personnel and Smokey the Bear, fire fighters and equipment from sister stations from around the county will also be on hand to help with the festivities.

Of the original members, 12 are seen in this photo from May of 1963. Old timers in the community may be able to match names to faces. The 14 original members were: Marvin Bennett, Roland Jones, Charles Wilson, Garvin Hardison, Vance Hardison, Carlyle Brinson, Duval Hardison, Garland Cahoon, John E. Harper, Worth Bennett, Leland Brinson, Joseph Bland, Vernon J. Daniels, and Rigdon Salter.

Of the original members, 12 are seen in this photo from May of 1963. Old timers in the community may be able to match names to faces. The 14 original members were: Marvin Bennett, Roland Jones, Charles Wilson, Garvin Hardison, Vance Hardison, Carlyle Brinson, Duval Hardison, Garland Cahoon, John E. Harper, Worth Bennett, Leland Brinson, Joseph Bland, Vernon J. Daniels, and Rigdon Salter.

The celebration will kick off at eleven in the morning and will run until 2:30 pm. At that time there will be the drawing for Arapahoe’s 50th Anniversary Raffle. Prizes for the raffle, ranging from a 12-gauge pump action shotgun to gift certificates from local businesses and food from several local establishments, have been kindly donated by many of our local businesses.

Tickets will be on sale at the station throughout the day. Come and celebrate with Station 15, Arapahoe Fire-Rescue!