A host of state and local officials joined members of the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department at a dinner marking the 125th anniversary of the organization. Members were praised for their continuing commitment to volunteerism and service for the protection of the community.
Chief Jack Regis Jr. and Assistant Chief Mike Reese accepted proclamations on behalf of the department from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, State Representative Jack Cera, and State Senator Lou Gentile as well as from the Belmont County Commissioners. Each official who spoke noted the importance of volunteering and serving the community.
Regis Jr. and Reese also recognized all active Martins Ferry firefighters including those with over 30 years of service. Additionally, many past Martins Ferry Fire Chiefs were on hand to be recognized and honored.
Noting the difficulties facing the dwindling number of volunteer departments, Chief Jeff Leaming from the State Fire Marshal’s office stated, “The fires are just as hot, they burn just as fast, and the dangers are just as high regardless of whether or not the firefighter is paid or volunteers. We are all brothers and sisters in service to our community.”