Poultney firefighters save lives, property

Winters expresses appreciation for his fellow volunteers.

"Every member is vital to our organization. Our longest serving member has been a firefighter for 25 years but newer members are just as important. They remind us why we love what we do."

Currently five Poultney F.D. volunteers are Green Mountain College students.

Edgar Vigil, a GMC senior, said he joined because he "wanted to do something great." Fellow classmate Derek Gavelis serves because he wants to give back some of his free time to the community around campus. Jonathan, a student firefighter and EMT-B with Poultney Rescue, said he loves to be apart of helping others. "I stop whatever I'm doing to help," he said. GMC students Jenna Lloyd and Christine Devito also echoed the men's sentiments.

Volunteers spend countless hours in training away from family. They may wake up in the middle of the night, or leave a family meal, to respond to an emergency call. So, to honor and recognize these local heroes and heroines, the fire department hosts an annual banquet with the focus squarely on the volunteers.

A New York City fire chief once said that, "I have no ambition in this world but one - that is to be a firefighter. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one, but those who know the work which a fireman has to do believe his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even of supreme sacrifice."

Volunteers are always needed. If you're interested in joining the Poultney Fore Department, contact Fire Chief Dave Winters at 287-2544.

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