The Paint Bank Fire Department has celebrated Independence Day for over 50 years. Every year, the community and surrounding counties look forward to the event.

Pam Dudding
Contributing writer

Speak to any Fire Department Chief and their staff, and they will share with you the difficulties they have in keeping their equipment and trucks in superior condition due to a lack of funds.

Often times, they have to rely on grants and citizens within their communities to help support them.

On Thursday, July 4, the Paint Bank Fire Department held their Annual Independence Day Celebration.

Though the weather was hot and muggy, laughter and good humor filled the atmosphere.

People brought their own chairs to stay for the entire day. “We come every year,” said one couple as they were relaxing under the shade trees. “It’s a great day to honor our country while supporting those who take care of us when we need them most.”

There were raffles for a rifle, quilt and a weekend retreat at the cabin in Paint Bank as well as a silent auction with many baskets filled with toys and other items for children to enjoy.

Over 300 people were served a home-cooked meal.


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