PHOTO: The grounds of the Monelison Volunteer Fire Department were a hotbed of fellowship, food, fun and reminiscing during the Madison Heights agency’s 60th-anniversary celebration.
Current and former members and their loved ones were among the large crowd that gathered to mark the milestone.
“It’s kind of like a family reunion,” said Ernie Cash, a former department chief.
The department recognized all of its chiefs, Mack Crouch and Aaron Coppedge, two volunteers who lost their lives serving the agency in the first 30 years of its existence, as well as late Amherst Fire Department member Tim Pigg; and Pat Day, Monelison’s first female firefighter who joined in 1986.
Day, among the gatherers, said she served for nearly 20 years and still would today if she and her husband, former chief Lee Day, hadn’t moved to Bedford. They were the first couple to serve in emergency service in Amherst County, according to the department.