I am happy to report that not only are the Chena-Goldstream volunteers good at fighting fires, they are also not averse to breaking into song when the time is right.
Here is a letter Linda Dewey sent me today about the fire-fighting skills and an act of kindness by the volunteers:
"I was hoping you could give a shout-out to the Chena-Goldstream Volunteer Fire Department for their response to my sister’s home on Ida Lane for a structure fire (an old abandoned trailer alongside the GVEA power line) in which some young boys started on fire Saturday, September 7th.
"We were celebrating my mother Lena Dewey’s 89th birthday (you wrote a brief article about her 80th birthday in your column previously) when it was discovered that a fire had been started approximately 50 to 100 yards from my sister Karen and her husband Bill’s home.
"Unfortunately it was not a fire that we could put out in time and called 9-1-1. The Fire Department responded quite quickly, maneuvering their huge fire trucks in and around the small roads, driveways and structures and putting out the fire, saving not only the home of my sister, but other homes in the vicinity. It could have ended on a bad note.
"After putting the fire out and before they left the scene, they took time to serenade my mother Lena by singing 'Happy Birthday" to her.
"I would like these volunteers to know that we appreciate what they do for our community, not only risking their lives, but also showing their thoughtfulness in a stressful situation at the end of the day by showing kindness to one of our elders. Job well done! Now we just need to figure out how to top that on her 90th!"