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/ ! ii00!i "j 00!ii 0000ii!!i j You never know what you'll stumble across when you work outdoors. Steve Hahn came across an abandoned house and Turkey Vultures. When he startled them, there were about 50 that took flight. Spring Dinner April 11 Members of the Latham United Methodist Church (214 Walnut Street) invite you to dine with us Sunday, April 11 from llAm to 1Pm. Menu: Beef or Chicken & Noodles, Salad Bar, Dessert, & Drink. Adults: $8.50; Children (3-11) $4; and Children under 3 Free. We have a lift, so don't let the steps stop you[ Looking for Photos The newspaper is looking for photos to publish for the 125 th Anniversary of the Phoenix Fire !Department. Any photos from! any time period of fire- fighters, equipment, fires, etc. contact the paper - 792-5557 or l If yqu're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there with ya. COWBOY WISDOM Soup Dinner March 21 The Middletown Presbyterian Church will have an all you can eat soup dinner Sunday, March 21 from 10:30Am-lPm. Adults $6, Child 4-12 $3, 3 and under free. Menu: vegetable, chili, home- made chicken noodle, cream of broccoli, homemade rolls, relish tray, pie or cake, and drinks. Take home a quart of soup for $6. = -i tt ! D =r O Back in the early days of the Phoenix Fire Department these uniformed officers had their picture taken at the M. A. Duboge Photography Studio in Mt. Pulaski (est. 1873). The firefighters are "Doe" Drobisch and Fred Bobell. Photo provided by Sue Bobell Selenik , C/ty of Mt. Pu/ask/Off0000 proc/amat/on To recognize and honor the 125th Anniversary of the Mt. Pulaski Phoenix Fire Department Who,l.eo/ The Phoenix Fire Dept of Mr. Pulaski was organized March 13, 1885 by John Schick, F. E. Danner, George Jenner, Phil Schweigckhardt, J. M. Hopkins, John Klotz, H. F. Gordon, J. H. NeWton, Otto G. Bekemeyer, Andrew Bertang, D.J. O'Brien, George Wynd, B.F. Peltz, George Schafer, Edward Meads and W. H. Stafford. The department was chartered by the State of Illinois on April 21, 1889. Whe/." The department's name was derived from the mythological fire bird, Phoenix, that lived for 500 years, burned to death, then arose from its ashes to an immortality of usefulness. Who'1.eo/The department remains a charter member of the Illinois Firemen's Association and has been ever since the association was organized January 8, 1889. Wh&/,.o/In 1873, before the fire department was organized, concerned citizen's bought six Babcock fire extinguishers that were filled with water and strapped onto a person's back and carried to the fire. Then in 1885 a hand pulled ladder wagon hose cart and hand pumper was purchased. The department had the honor of winning a gold medal in statewide running cart and hose competition in Lincoln on August 6, 1891; at Ottowa on September 1, 1892; and at Canton on August 24, 1893. By winning for 3 consecutive years they were permanently awarded the traveling solid gold medal which the department still has along with the championship cart. W/Th past history of Mr. Pulaski has included several major fie events which included the Railroad Tank Car explosion in 1958 as well as several fires that changed the face of the town square. The Phoenix Fire Department was there for the safety of the citizens during those times and during countless other times. In i957 the communities surrounding Me. Pulaski held an ielection and voted to approve the for- I mation of a Rural Fire Protection District. Throughout the many years bf service to the community the Phoe- I nix Fire Department and the Rural Fire Protection Dis- trict help to serv and protect the citizens of the city and surrounding are#s. In 2006 the fire department moved from 111 S. Lafayette St. into a new fire station at 612 E. DeKalb StreeL Some of the original vehicles housed at the new fire station include a 1947 Chevrolet Engine, a Model T Engine, 2 hose carts, 1 ladder wagon, 1 tool cart and various articles of old fire equipment. Cur- rently, the department has 4 fire engines, 1 tanker, and 1 rescue utility truck. The department averages approxi- mately 90 calls per year. /'Through fundraising efforts, including an annual Spring Pancake & Sausage Breakfast the depart- ment sponsors the 4th of July fireworks, and also has fire prevention programs for school children and other com- munity organizations. An annual appreciation dinner and cookouts are held for the member's families. Wheyl. - After the devastating events of September llth, 2001 the entire world began to appreciate the self- lessness and heroism that fire fighters possess in order to help others. Mr. Pulaski may be a small community, but it is just as proud and grateful to our local Phoenix Fire Departments past, present and future members as any large city. All those who have served deserve our thanks and praise for devoting many hours of training and per- sonal time and safety in order to make our entire com- munity a safer place to live. Whol,/Many members of the community have served on the Phoenix Fire Department throughout the years. The current members are Fire Chief John Aylesworth, Assistant Chief Greg Holmes, Captains Charles "Chuck" Cannon and Rick Aylesworth, Lieu- tenants Mike Morris and Barry Leach, and Firefighters Steve Kalka, Steve Mason, Rick Voile, Butch Mathias, Josh Pharis, Shaun Tyson, Aaron Palmquist, Chad Kern, Jacob Voile, Zachary Ayers, and Nathan Gee. Wh&r.eo/I, James P. Funrer, Mayor of the City of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, with great pride, extend a hearty congratulations to the Mr. Pulaski Phoenix Fire Depart- ment on it's 125th Anniversary; and on behalf of the City Council and the Mr. Pulaski citizen's I give due praise and thanks to those brave and courageous past, present, and future Phoenix Fire Department members. May the Phoenix Fire Department continue to proudly protect Mr. Pulaski and the surrounding communities for many years to come PROCLAIMED this 9th day of March 2010. IS/James P. Fuhrer- M.ayor IS/Dee Anderson- C/ty C/erk