On Thursday evening the Orange Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual meeting at Racebrook Country Club.
Traditionally, the yearly event is when new officers are sworn in, service awards are presented, the Firefighter of the Year is revealed and the Women’s Auxiliary presents the chief with a check.
The Auxiliary raises money for fire equipment in a number of ways throughout the year: selling baked goods, cook books, pies at the Country Fair, hosting the pancake breakfast, pancake dinner and of course, Santa’s Helper.
Auxiliary President Jillian Gagel said thanks to the public’s help, the auxiliary had a very good year. “We’re happy to present you with this check for $13,000 to go toward the purchase of an infrared camera.”
Everyone in the room gasped at her announcement (last year the donation totaled $9,000) and OVFD Chief John Knight was so stunned that he was speechless. Although, once the amount of the donation sunk in, he was able to beautifully express his gratitude.
The Orange Volunteer Fire Department depends upon the public’s support in order to provide the community with their excellent service 24/7. Orange residents should keep this in mind when they see an Auxiliary fundraiser announced or when it comes time to purchase raffle tickets for the OVFD Carnival.