Five women were honored earlier this month for 50 years of service as Firebelles for the Township Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Mary Ruth Patrick, Emily Liles, Dot Fannin, Marie Fugel and Esther Rowland started the Firebelles as a support group for the fire department, where all of their husbands volunteered as firefighters.
Vicki Lakner, a newer member of the Firebelles, said the women started the group to both help with fundraising for the department and to provide support when their husbands were called to the scene of fires. They help with the departments fish fry events and bring food and drinks if the men are on the scene of emergencies for long periods of time. Lakner said the department appreciates the ongoing support of the Firebelles and thanks the original members for organizing the group.
Caption The original Firebelles honored for starting the support group for the Townsend Township Fire Department are (from left): Dot Fannin, Emily Liles, Esther Rowland and Marie Fugel. Mary Ruth Patrick is not pictured.