World Mission Society Church of God, Vails Gate Fire Department

Vails Gate Fire Dept. Appreciation Dinner

Being a firefighter requires a lot of dedication and true selflessness. It takes a lot of training, effort and time. And, oftentimes, firefighters’ efforts go unnoticed. To protect complete strangers, firefighters face hazardous and risky situations without expecting anything in return.

Seeing their devotion to serve and put others first, the Church of God wanted to turn the tables and serve the firefighters for a change. On June 15, 2016, the Church of God in New Windsor organized an Appreciation Dinner for the Vails Gate Fire Department at the fire station. The members themselves prepared a savory banquet and musical performances, including “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and several other pieces.

Firefighters respond not only to fires but vehicular accidents, fire alarms, and other emergency events. Also, they have to maintain the trucks and all of their equipment and continue in their training; their work is nearly unending and they always have to be ready to respond to the next call. With each call, they face different situations and risks. Yet somehow they are always there, prepared and willing to help—whether the task or danger is big or small. It takes a special kind of person to take on such a difficult, demanding and, oftentimes, thankless job.

To honor and thank those who tirelessly serve our community, the World Mission Society Church of God presented an appreciation plaque to Fire Company President Stephen Bedetti.

Many of the firefighters at the Vails Gate Fire Department began volunteering at the department as young as 16 years old and have been involved for decades. And for all of their time spent keeping the community safe, we thank them.

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4 Responses

  1. Thankful to have been able to attend this event and spend time with those who devote themselves to taking care of others without expecting anything in return. Great job Church of God, keep up the good work!

  2. Thank you to the fire fighters who risk their lives each day. Thank you to the Church of God for acknowledging their sacrifice and hard work. I’m sure they do not receive that gratitude and love often enough. It’s looked like a beautiful event. Keep up the good work!

  3. This was a really nice gesture by the Church of God. Because of the men and women who put their lives on the line for our community, there are a lot less casualties from disasters. It’s important that they get recognized for their sacrifice.

  4. This is truly an amazing thing that the church of God is did. This is really motivating and touching to see such a beautiful group sharing God’s love with their neighbors. Really an example of practicing God’s love with action!

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