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MIDDLESEX — Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the 55th annual Firemen’s Day went better than the past several years, according to organizers.
“It’s been good. Everything went better,” Chief Greg Whitley of the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department said Saturday afternoon.
The day started with 1,000 chickens and 34 hog shoulders and ended with a near sellout of around 1,800 plates at $8 each. Volunteers also sold cookies and bottles of barbecue sauce.
The event used to involve live music and children’s games but over time evolved into the plate sale, which helps the volunteer department with equipment and other needs, Whitley said.
Whitley has been with the fire department for 32 years. A couple other firefighters have been with the department for 40 years.
As a pandemic precaution, plates were sold via drive-thru. Diners drove up to one side of the fire station bay area, received the food and exited from the other side.
The plates were available beginning at 11 a.m. and looked to be close to selling out by 2 p.m.
Organizers awarded a $12,500 raffle prize during the fundraiser.
The fire department has more than three dozen full and junior members. A permanent 24-hour ambulance crew staffed by Nash County Emergency Services is also housed in the fire station on West Finch Avenue.
The fire department not only provides firefighting and emergency medical care, it also assists in disaster relief, educating the public in fire safety, community events training classes for fellow local fire departments and more.
The department is always looking for new blood. Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer firefighter can visit the fire department for more information.