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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Sep 18, 2009

It was 125 years ago that the Estherville Volunteer Fire Department first formed. During its lifetime, the department has fought fires – large and small – and always with the mission of saving life and property.

This Saturday, the department will celebrate its 125th birthday with three old-fashioned events that are sure to please anyone whose heart races when the fire siren sounds.

At noon Saturday units from the Estherville Volunteer Fire Department along with units from neighboring communities will parade down Central Avenue from 18th Street to Fifth Street. The parade will be led by the department’s 1933 REO Speedwagon carrying retired Estherville firefighters.

At 3 p.m. a barbeque will be held at the Emmet County Fairgrounds by the Emmet County Cattlemen. The barbeque is free to Estherville and area firefighters and a freewill donation will be accepted from the public.

At 8 p.m. a traditional firemen’s dance will be held at the fire hall on South Fifth with music by the band Attitude.

Later this fall, to conclude the department’s 125th birthday celebration, firetrucks will be all decked out for the holidays for the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce lighted parade down Central Avenue. The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

So come on out and honor the firefighters who keep watch for our safety around the clock. And thank them for their contribution.