Chester Gap: Fire department hits 50

The Chester Gap Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will be not only hosting its annual awards banquet this March 27 with a fellowship hour at 6 and dinner at 7, but will also be celebrating the department’s 50th anniversary.

Chester Gap Fire and Rescue was established March 13, 1960 by several local gentlemen who banded together to provide a greatly needed service to our small rural area. In the 50 years since its organization, the department has grown to become a major provider of fire suppression and rescue services throughout both Rappahannock and Warren counties and even a section of northwestern Fauquier.

All founding, charter, and life members and their families and descendants are encouraged to attend as the department wants to personally thank and honor these self-sacrificing individuals who worked so hard to establish and support the department.
Current and former members are also encouraged to attend and bring stories and memorabilia to share with everyone. A special time has been set aside during the annual awards ceremony to recognize all current and former members no matter their status — and again, all are highly encouraged to attend.

As with all former annual banquets the public is welcome. The department will be providing ham and chicken as well as drinks, and asks that those attending please bring a side dish or dessert to share with all. The annual banquet is always a great time, with current treasurer Maybelle Gilkey bringing her scrapbook of pictures and stories going back to the founding, as well as just a chance to sit and visit — for all former and current members, those interested in joining and those who live in the area. Folks, it is indeed always a wonderful and memorable evening and if you are able to I really hope to see you there to enjoy some awesome food and great fellowship.

Anyone with questions, or any of the founding, charter, or life members who would like to give the department a heads-up that they will attend, should contact secretary Stephanie Crawford at 540-635-5091. Stephanie is spearheading the event so feel free to call her up with anything at all and she will take care of you.