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Dedication off target

I had the privilege of visiting Penn Valley this week and, being a former volunteer firefighter for Penn Valley and a former fire district commissioner, drove over to the fire station on Spenceville Road to see the new building and equipment.

I was surprised to see the new building was dedicated to one person and feel this was a poor decision. There have been numerous people involved in making the Penn Valley Fire Department what it is today. The fire Auxiliary has had a big part in supporting the Fire Department. Without the hardworking women of the Auxiliary and the large check they donate each year, the district would not have been able to buy all the necessary vehicles and equipment for the firefighters.

The new station should be rededicated “in memory of all the volunteer firefighters and women’s auxiliary members, past and present, who have donated so many hours to the Penn Valley Fire Department.” If the department wishes to honor any individual person, it should be done in smaller magnitude. I believe there were two plaques honoring volunteers, to which names were added to recognize special achievements each year.



Audrey Stewart

Grants Pass, Ore.


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