The annual Parsons Volunteer Fire Department’s Christmas party was more than gifts and good food. One hundred and fifty-five firefighters from through out the county, EMS personnel, law enforcement, and 911 employees enjoyed the afternoon hosted by the PVFD ladies auxiliary. Hungry participants enjoyed a traditional ham and turkey dinner prepared by the talented ladies.
Each emergency service person received a door prize ticket for a chance to win one of 10 gift cards or a big screen TV. Ryan DiBacco of the PVFD was the lucky winner of the TV.
Santa stopped by to pass out candy and pick up the wish lists. Participants were treated to a Power Points presentation of, “What We Do”, a slide show which includes clips from the fire, EMS, police and other emergency services, of what they have done this past year.
The PVFD ladies presented the PVFD with a generous donation of $4,000, of which $2,000 was placed in the uniform fund and $2,000 will go for the purchase of a new Thermal Imaging Camera.
Members of the PVFD were recognized with various awards:
- Most improved fireman: Tie between Zach Long and Steven Sponaugle
- Fire Attack Fireman: tie between Preston Simmons and Cory White
- Officer of the year: Eric McCrum
- Fire Fighter of the Year : Preston Simmons
- Demolition derby driver: Mike Matlick
- Most calls responded on 1st Steven Cousin 2nd Preston Simmons
A statue of a bronze fireman was presented to Charles Lloyd, who recently retired as the PVFD Fire Chief after serving in that position since 1994. Lloyd joined the fire department in 1969. Kevin White, PVFD Fire Chief, said Lloyd will remain in the department. “People don’t realize the amount of knowledge Charlie possess. We greatly appreciate all his years if service. We are also grateful and appreciative that he is sticking around to help us walk before we run., he is invaluable to the department . We will definitely lean on him for advice and leadership.” White said.