After 100 years of serving the residents of southeastern Clinton County, the Low Moor Fire Department is throwing a celebration, inviting the community to a hog roast Saturday at its newly remodeled station.
The original department was incorporated on Oct. 7, 1916, and currently consists of 21 members and three junior members. Included are four husband-wife teams and a father and two daughters trio.
The all-volunteer department averages 90 to 100 calls per year, covering about 120 square miles, Tim Lanning, assistant chief and vice president, said.
Most calls are medical-related; department members are first-responders to auto accidents, heart attacks and welfare checks, such as falls in a home. There also is the occasional fire, either of a structure or farm field.
Volunteers recently remodeled the station at 420 3rd St., reorganizing the space to create a bigger meeting room and an exercise room, Lanning said. They also installed new steel siding and brick on the exterior, painted the bay doors and installed new windows and a new furnace, he said.
Tom Goldensoph serves as the department's chief. Other officers are Derek Hoenig, deputy chief and president; Lanning, assistant chief and vice president; Winston Rock, assistant chief; Martin Hoenig, Rick Schmidt and Matt Rehr, captains; Terri Peterson, secretary; and Heather Hoenig, treasurer.
The hog roast will begin at 4 p.m. at the station and will cost $8; participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. A firetruck display and visits from Sparky the dog and Shocko the clown will be from 5-7 p.m.
The evening will conclude with music by the band Whitlocked & Loaded beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a bonfire. Commemorative T-shirts will be for sale.
Low Moor is a town of about 300 people.