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Hermon Fire Engine Dedicated to 50-Year Volunteer 

Catherine Pegram

For years, volunteers on the Hermon fire department have answered the call for help. Today, the community recognized that commitment with a new fire engine. It’s actually dedicated to one volunteer in particular, Ray Goodspeed. He spent 50-years with the department. Goodspeed started when he was a teenager and continued for most of his adult life. He died in October of 2003 but Hermon Fire Chief Larry Willis says the standard Goodspeed set for other volunteers has never been forgotten. And now his half-century of service will be remembered by everyone who rides Engine 4-11.Chief Willis says, “It’s an honor that we want to make sure that we do so people will remember him. In this day and age for somebody to give 50 years total is one things but to do it for the same organization is pretty amazing.”The dedication was also a part of the department’s Fire Prevention Week open house. Children could practice exit drills in a fire safety trailer and take part in a hunt for home hazards contest. Firefighters also conducted a live-fire demonstration, by burning a small building with and without a sprinkler system.