I still take great pride in being a firefighter’s wife. For the majority of our 30 years together, Randy has either been a volunteer or a career firefighter. Countless men and women dedicate their lives to the protection and preservation of life and property, things that truly mean a lot to us all.
Over that amount of time you would think one would get used to a lifestyle that is much different than others. Interrupted meals, holidays apart and stories of life-threatening experiences from the day before are just a few of the reasons. Our sons have grown up around pagers, fire alarms, red lights, sirens and vehicles that can do all kinds of seemingly miraculous things. We all tend to be independent, strong people willing to go that extra mile for our fellow man or woman or child. We have a way of life that brings us to a strong sense of public service which accounts for the fact that many spouses are nurses, teachers, firefighters or even police officers.
Many times I get questions from people that live here and moving here, what is the difference between Portage and Portage Township? The answer is always the same; the city of Portage, the town of Ogden Dunes and South Haven make up the township we call Portage Township. Each of three areas have services and governments that are needed for that particular entity and they all share the Portage Township schools.
It should be a well-known fact by now that the fire department services in these three communities vary but they all have mutual aid agreements to back each other up. This is very important because as the buildings get bigger and more go up in our fair land, we need many men and women to be right in there helping put out that inevitable fire or saving that life.
While Portage has a full-time fire department, Ogden Dunes and South Haven have volunteer departments. South Haven does maintain a full-time Advanced Life Support ambulance crew, as well. South Haven Fire Department is under the jurisdiction of our Portage Township Trustee, Brendan Clancy.
Which brings me to the reason I bring all this information up.
South Haven is thought to be one of the largest, if not the largest township entity in the state and on March 15, South Haven Fire Department will be hosting its 10th annual Firefighter’s Ball. It all takes place at Duneland Falls Banquet Hall, 1100 N. Ind. 149. Doors open at 5 p.m., the cocktail hour starts at 6, dinner at 7pm, a silent auction, an awards ceremony for the volunteers and residents with outstanding achievements for the last year and then dancing the rest of the night away. Tickets are $50 which includes dinner, open bar and music to dance the night away. They are available at the fire station at the corner of 700 and McCool in South Haven.
Come out and join Chief Bill Lundy and the members of the South Haven Fire Department celebrate another year of valuable service to Portage Township.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.