Spring Creek VFD holds cookout

Published 2:14 pm Monday, May 23, 2011

You are driving down Spring Creek Road when suddenly you detect a mouth-watering aroma wafting in the air.

You begin to get visions of hot dogs and hamburgers as well as sausage wraps. You lick your lips.

Now, you loosen your belt just to be sure that you will have room for dessert. Oh, those sweet, homemade cakes, cookies and other fluffy goodies.

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Wiping your eyes, it suddenly becomes clear. Today is Saturday, May 28. It is the Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department’s Cookout and Community Yard Sale.

You pull into the fire department parking lot. Yes, just like heaven.

The Ladies Auxiliary will begin serving savory sausage wraps and rich, hot coffee at 8 a.m. They will continue to serve until 11 a.m. This is when the menu will change and it will take on a more tailgate style. The barbecue grill will fire up and man-sized hamburgers and plump hot dogs will be the featured fare. Along with the meat, there will be potato chips, a cool drink and a sweet dessert. This can be taken home to feed family and friends or eaten at the station.

You notice people walking up and down looking at the bargains offered at the Community Yard Sale. This event contains everything, even the kitchen sink. Yep, from tools to furniture, items large and small, all will be for sale. Who knows, you may find that one-of-a-kind item that will set off your decor or some thing to add to your workshop. This will continue all day until everyone has had a chance to examine and purchase all the items there.

If you are interested in reserving a space at the yard sale, call Janice at 400-8309 to secure one.

A brief history

Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department has helped the community since 1979. It started with one forestry truck given to the department by the state. Wiley Kent went and picked up this truck.

At first, Cotton Johnson and his wife, Ali, were the fire department and they fought fires together. From these humble beginnings we have grown to what we are today.

Most years have seen an average of 40 calls. However, 1985 had a record for 63 in all. This kept the 13 firefighters very busy.

The year 1987, is remembered as a year in which there was a fatality and a plea from the firefighters, “Don’t go back into a burning structure once you are safely out.”

The 1990’s saw many strides forward. Radio equipment was updated, the old building was renovated and painted. A truck was obtained from Three Notch Electric and made into a fire truck. All this was in 1992.

However, 1993, was when the land for the present building was bought.

To keep the momentum going, 1994 saw a 24-hour-a-day flood rescue station set up for eight days to help residents cope with the rising water in the rivers and lake.

Only 26 calls showed 1995 to be a safe year. This was the year that the present fire house was built and a new fire truck purchased. The lake area also provided mutual aide at a fire at Seminole Peanut Company.

The year 2000 saw the formation of the Ladies Auxiliary. They have held many fund-raisers and have been very successful.

In 2009, the fire department bought a much-needed tanker truckā€”one that carries up to 3,000 gallons of water, almost three times the amount that was carried by the older tanker. This was something that the department worked long and hard to obtain.

Stories of help continue. Each year sees the fire department making steps forward in getting better equipment and training. It is obvious that they devote a lot of free time to helping the community.

However, for all these things to work, support is needed from the community. So come on to the fire station, bring a friend, and enjoy this wonderful day with your friends and neighbors.

Mark your calendars, May 28, and come to enjoy this fun-filled day.

The fire department is just past the intersection of State Route 253 (Spring Creek Road) and State Route 374. You will see it from there.