Memories, cake highlight fire stations birthday
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue marks 120 years with reminiscenses
Fond reminiscences, pats on the back and, of course, cake were all part of the 120th birthday celebration at the Forest Grove Fire & Rescue fire station last Thursday.
"The coolest part of the afternoon for me was watching little circles of retired guys mixed in with newer firefighters, just listening to their stories," said Dave Nemeyer, FGF&R fire marshal. "Some of them were tragic, [and] some were so funny that guys' eyes were watering."
Former battalion chief and fire marshal Marvin Wright dropped by to rub elbows with his former colleagues, and Bob and Vic Haney, both former FGF&R volunteers, made the scene as well.
Darren Pang, a teacher at Neil Armstrong Middle School and a volunteer at the fire department in the 1980s, dropped in on the event to a rousing welcome.
"[It was] probably his first time at the fire station in years, and people were calling him by old nicknames," noted Nemeyer. "He was smiling big smiles when a photo of his old fire station dorm room showed up on the screen."
About 50 people showed up Feb. 13 for the open house and "what was originally just going to be a few guys at the station with a piece of birthday cake," Nemeyer said.Add a comment