I take great pride in being a firefighter’s wife. For most of our 28 years together, Randy has either been a volunteer or a career firefighter. Countless men and women dedicate there 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 most people. Many times there are interrupted meals, holidays apart and stories of life-threatening experiences from the day before. 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.
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. That fact 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 to 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 Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy.
A volunteer by definition is a person who takes on a service or duty without compensation. People that have the passion to help others just because it makes a difference in someone else's life.
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 this Saturday, South Haven Fire Department will be hosting their 9th annual Firefighter’s Ball. It all takes place at Duneland Falls Banquet Hall, 1100 N. Indiana 149. The cocktail hour starts at 6, dinner, 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 and 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 more than 50 years of valuable service to Portage Township.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.