He's the guy next door - a man's man with the memory of a little boy. He has never gotten over the excitement of engines and sirens and danger. He's a guy like you and me with warts and worries and unfulfilled dreams. Yet he stands taller than most of us. He's a fireman. He puts it all on the line when the bell rings. A fireman is at once the most fortunate and the least fortunate of men. He's a man who saves lives because he has seen too much death. He's a gentle man because he has seen the awesome power of violence out of control. He's responsive to a child's laughter because his arms have held too many small bodies that will never laugh again. He's a man who appreciates the simple pleasures of life - hot coffee held in numb, unbending fingers - a warm bed for bone and muscle compelled beyond feeling - the camaraderie of brave men - the divine peace and selfless service of a job well done in the name of all men. He doesn't wear buttons or wave flags or shout obscenities. When he marches, it is to honor a fallen comrade. He doesn't preach the brotherhood of man.
He lives it.
I Am A Fireman's Wife
The table's set, the meal prepared,
our guest will soon arrive.
My husband once more disappears
with a hope of keeping a child alive.
While waiting at home alone,
our plans having gone awry,
My first impulse is merely to sit right down and cry.
But soon again I realize the importance of my life,
Robert served with pride and dedication for 32 years.
He was a founding member, had served terms as a Director, and in all line officer positions. During several
of these years Robert also served with the Rutherford County Traffic Control. He was a leader in the Mount Pleasant CME Church. On May 27 2005, the church dedicated its new bell tower to his memory. Robert will
long be remember by all whose lives he touched.
10 years +
Tribute to the Ladies Auxiliary
From 1971 until 2004, there existed a long list of ladies committed to the fund raising that supported the fire
department operation. These ladies prepared and served meals such as ham suppers, poor man suppers, bake
sales and the annual Ladies Auxiliary Bazaar. Many of these women assisted with the early hotdog and hamburger
sales each weekend at the firehouse. Also some of this group did house cleaning, raked leaves, and washed
windows to raise funds. Others worked to make quilts for sale or raffle. In January of 2004, the few remaining
ladies of the auxiliary brought this piece of history to a close. We as a community owe a great debt of thanks to
these ladies. Though I am sure I will miss naming a few because no record of all the names exists, here are
those I can remember. In addition to these, countless others donated baked goods and other supplies
necessary for preparation of the fund drives.
The last official function of the auxiliary was the presentation of a new flagpole and
flags placed in front of the new firehouse. Pearl Barnette hoist the flags into position
surrounded by Amy Wilson, Minnie Radford, Violet Dowdle, Anna Motenen, Stephany
Green, Steve Green, Gary Conner.
This page was last updated: April 8, 2023
5 Years +
Alvin died September 4, 2011
December 2010 ended Alvin's service. He had served faithfully since 1977. He served as Treasurer and a Board Member. He also served the Community Watch and the Sheriff's Traffic Control. Alvin, will long be remembered.
A Tribute to the Ladies Auxiliary
A special thanks is is due to the members of the former Ladies Auxiliary. Though the Auxiliary is no longer active, many ladies gave countless hours to raise funds to support the fire department. These ladies prepared many
fund raising dinners, held the annual bazzar, and the once popular weekend hamburger & hot dog sales. Some of the
group worked together to make hand stitched quilts for raffle at the bazzar. One group of ladies in our early years did house cleaning, washed windows, and raked leaves to raise funds. Though no record exist of the names of all those who participated throughout the years, below are those I can remember (no particular order)
Mattie Flack* Pearl Barnette * Mary Flack* Anna Mottenen* Minnie Radford*