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Young and old gathered along Falls Road, Route 7 and at the Fire Station on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon to honor and cheer on members of Shelburne’s Fire Department during their 75th Anniversary parade.
Fire trucks from neighboring town joined in, as well as engines from Baldwin, NY (Nassau County) and Royersford, Pa. (near Philadelphia).
A highlight of the parade featured the restored 1941GMC/Buffalo fire truck, nicknamed Old Engine 1. The truck was proudly displayed during the parade with members of the department riding in it, including Cullen Bullard who has served with the department for over 47 years.
Following the parade, everyone was welcomed into the fire station for food provided by the Shelburne-Charlotte Rotary and a presentation by the Shelburne Fire Department thanking all who have supported the department both in the field and in the restoration of Old Engine 1.
Vermont Teddy Bear was on hand and donated over 200 Little Hero Bears to the First Responder units at the event. The Little Hero Bear program is designed to provide support and comfort to children in crisis situations.
The Shelburne Fire Department is led by Chief Jerry Ouimet, who has served with the department since 1992. It is a professional 100% volunteer organization providing fire suppression, heavy rescue, marine rescue, hazardous material control and fire prevention and education services.