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Department hits milestone

South Point citizens have been able to feel a little safer for the past 75 years and here’s to hoping they can do so for the next three quarters of a century.

The South Point Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate that milestone Saturday and hopefully they won’t have to do so alone.

This is the perfect chance for citizens to come out, show their support and say thank you to the men and women who help make their community safer.

The celebration kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. starting from Fourth Street and ending up at the fire station. Other volunteer fire departments and civic groups have been invited to participate.

The fun continues at the station where the firefighters will host a cookout with free hot dogs and hamburgers. Entertainment will center on some friendly competition of firefighter Olympics-style games, ending in a tug of war.

A fireworks display above the field by the station will close the day’s activities.

South Point has found a way to grow and develop its volunteer department, in part because of all the community support. This is the perfect chance for everyone to come together and have a good time.

Lawrence County should consider itself blessed to have quality volunteer fire departments throughout the county.

These are your friends and neighbors, each making a commitment and often sacrifices to serve the community. We shouldn’t overlook the importance of our fire departments — paid or otherwise.

South Point Volunteer Fire Department may be celebrating a milestone but this is really something for anyone who appreciates what these men and women do.