Firefighters giving so much

Members of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department were recognized for their dedication to the community with a Hearts award on Feb. 25

Assistant Fire Chief Mike Harman (from left)

They are involved in food drives, fundraisers, school and adult education programs, tours, community events and parades.

Oh, and they also put out fires, rescue people in trouble and generally run towards danger when most people would go the other way.

Members of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department were recognized for their dedication to the community with a Hearts award on Feb. 25.

“The Sidney firefighters have been volunteering their time and putting their lives on the line for the community for 100 years,” wrote Jim Tweedhope, the fire Chief, in his nomination form.

Of course, he’s not the only one singing their praises as the department celebrates its centennial in 2014.

“They keep our community safe,” added nominator Cheryl Young.

“(Volunteering) is a way to give back to the community,” added Debbie Fowler. “If we did not have volunteers, our community would not be the great place it is today.”

As Sidney grew from 600 people in 1914 to more than 11,000 today, the fire department grew right alongside and adjusted its equipment, training and membership to ensure people’s safety — from fire prevention activities and rescue services, to emergency medical services.

Volunteers with the department sacrifice time with friends and family when they train and are called out in times of emergency.

This shows they are willing to give of more than just their time to help ensure the overall safety of their community.

“Without volunteers,” said Tweedhope, “there are many important services that the community would do without. Firefighting is only one.”