Saturday, April 9, 2011
Volunteer Fireman's Day
Today as New York State honors Volunteer Fireman, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Lindley-Presho Fire Department volunteers and their families.
In January 1963, a group of 60 citizens met at the Old Lindley Town Hall to discuss the possibility of a Lindley-Presho Fire Department. With the typical Town of Lindley "Can Do Attitude", plans for a local Fire Department soon materialized. 360 families over a 36 square mile area would be served by the new association.
By the end of February, officers had been named and the group was awaiting Incorporation papers. Plans were underway to select a site for a fire hall , and to raise money for the building and equipment. By the Fall of 1963, a central location for the Fire Hall had been selected and enough money raised to start the construction and to purchase a used 1947 Fire Truck. The construction of the Fire Hall was completed with volunteer labor from the local residents by the end of the year. Several different means were used to raise the money. To help support the efforts of their volunteer husbands, a Ladies Auxillary was formed.
Today, the Lindley-Presho Fire Department is still serving the community -thanks to the volunteers who give their time and efforts to carry on the vision of the 60 people who met in January 1963. It is interesting to note that some of them are the descendants of the 1963 members-shown above .