Fire Station No. 3 Dedicated
A standing room only crowd filled the bays at the grand opening and dedication ceremony of Fire Station No. 3 in Big Canoe. POA Board President Phil Anderson welcomed the guests, followed by Firefighter Andrew Long who gave the invocation. The Big Canoe Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts led the flag salute, while BC Communications Manager Tim Moran sang the national anthem. POA Board VP Steve Wilson, Fire House Task Force Chair John Mann and Fire Chief Ricky Jordan offered remarks, recognizing those who participated in the planning and construction of the facility and contributions by Big Canoe residents. Chief Jordan noted the safety features that had been incorporated into the facility. Anderson followed with closing remarks and introduced the “Uncoupling of the Hose” ceremony.
Big Canoe emergency personnel, staff, and residents participated in “Uncoupling of the Hose” ceremony
The Bill & Jean Armstrong Award
The Bill & Jean Armstrong Award, an annual award to emergency personnel by the Armstrong’s daughter Martha, was presented to Todd Lanning. Martha Armstrong, a native-born Big Canoe resident, also awarded a check to Emergency Services.
Armstrong award presentation to Lanning
After the Dedication Celebration
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cake and gourmet hot dogs, played lawn games or took a turn in the bounce house. The line was long for the Facility tours, but was worth the wait, especially those familiar with the old facility. The as-yet-unnamed mascot greeted guests in the entry. The comfortable facility featured a TV/movie media area, almost-well-stocked kitchen, individual berths for sleeping with private lockers, and tiled bathrooms with showers.
Guests voted on the new mascot’s name
About the almost-well-stocked kitchen
Many Big Canoe residents participated in the Fire Station shower, stocking the station’s kitchen with items from the Bed, Bath, & Beyond registry. While every item on the registry was purchased within two weeks, a few items were omitted from the list. Among those items were pots for cooking. Fran Holman-McKenzie and Margie Halls who had organized the original effort collected funds at the dedication ceremony to purchase additional items for the Fire Station. If anyone who would like to contribute to the fund-raising effort, please write a check to the Big Canoe Fire Department and place it in Margie Halls’ alpha box in the postal facility.