Good Food for a Good Cause

Two volunteer fire departments holding fund-raisers Saturday to help pay for equipment that could save lives

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 15, 2007 - Two local volunteer fire departments will be hosting fund-raising events to raise money for life-saving equipment.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Pickton-Pine Forest and Yantis Volunteer Fire Departments will each be hosting fund-raisers Saturday to help finish outfitting a new truck (P-PFVFD) and purchase a "Jaws of Life" rescue tool (YVFD). Pictured left to right are Pickton-Pine Forest firefighter Trey Thompson, assistant chief Billy Bryant, firefighter Joe Pat Jordan, chief Mark Sustaire and firefighters Greg Anglin and Bill Cooper.

Yantis Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a stew and silent auction Saturday to help purchase a "Jaws of Life" tool. The department does not currently have rescue tools and must rely on other fire departments to extract people trapped in vehicles during crashes.

YVFD members invite the community to attend the fund-raiser, which begins with stew served at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Yantis school cafeteria. The menu will include beef stew prepared by Wendell and Rodney Crist and chicken stew by YVFD Chief Wesley Crist.

The silent auction will feature a variety of donated items.

For more information or to make a donation, call 903-348-5980.

Also Saturday will be Pickton-Pine Forest Volunteer Fire Department's annual Stew and Chili fundraiser, slated to begin at noon at the station. The menu includes beef stew prepared by Precinct 2 Commissioner Burke Bullock, chicken stew sponsored by Pickton Coffee Club and a pot of Jace Anglin’s chili. Food will be served as long as supplies last. 

There will also be a silent auction featuring tools, toys that could be used as Christmas gifts, rounds of golf complete with cart use courtesy of area golf courses, oil changes, and more.

A donation is requested, as proceeds from PPFVFD’s Annual Stew & Chili will go toward the cost of finishing out a new truck slated to go in service around Dec. 1.

In September, the department was awarded a $12,600 Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program grant from Texas Forest Service which requires an 80/20 match of funds. The money will provide a slip on unit or slide unit, which is essentially a pump and water tank that’s currently being built for the truck, according to PPFVFD Chief Mark Sustaire.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Sustaire at 903-348-3652.

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