NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Volunteer Fire Department celebrated 70 years of service to the community on Oct. 1, having been established in 1948.
The fire department members were honored with a dinner, cooked by the New Haven United Methodist Women.
The church wanted to make the event very personal, according to Pastor Tom Beckett. Participating church members were assigned a firefighter, and first told to pray for that fireman.
Second, church members purchased personal dog tags for the firefighter to wear, and wrote a letter telling the fireman they were assigned as his prayer supporter. The dog tags were made specifically for firefighters, with the Joshua 1:9 passage on the back: “I am courageous and strong. I will not be discouraged or terrified. The Lord is with me wherever I go.”
Finally, church members attended the dinner to present the firefighters with their dog tags.
“Our firefighters need our prayers and support as they continue to provide excellent service and dedication to our community,” Pastor Beckett said. “They risk their lives in the line of duty to protect our community, our homes, our businesses, and most importantly, our lives.”
There were 28 firefighters and 20 additional community and church supporters attending the dinner. The church women served chicken and noodles, side dishes, and a homemade decorated sheet cake, congratulating the department for its 70 years.