Ceremonial bell presented to Greenwood Rural Volunteer Fire Department

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For several years members of the Greenwood Fire Department have wanted a ceremonial bell which could be used in the department’s firefighting ceremonies. A few months ago, residents Robbie and Melinda Mayes-Kelly made a donation to the department for the specific purpose of acquiring a bell. Then Enrico Barone, another resident, saw the bell at the station and offered to build a stand for it. Barone is retired and is a skilled woodworker who built a beautiful stand which has wheels and is mobile.

The fire service is rich in tradition and the firehouse bell is at the center of that tradition. Greenwood is planning to use the bell to honor fallen firefighters. The Greenwood crew is planning an annual memorial service which will be on Sept. 11. In addition, they will honor the fallen throughout the year. They plan to honor all of the firefighters who have served the Greenwood Community over the last 47 years.

In the United States each year, more than 100 firefighters die in the line of duty, serving their communities. This year, in Texas alone, there have been 21 firefighter line-of-duty deaths.

Chief John Burgoyne said the heritage and rich traditions of the fire service are important.

“It’s important to all firefighters and this bell – presented to us by members of our community - will be the centerpiece of the heritage of our culture,” he said.

Robbie and Melinda Mayes-Kelly said they have supported the volunteer fire department since moving here more than 10 years ago.

“It is with great honor and privilege that we donate this bell to the department and greater community,” they said. “We must remember and honor our fallen heroes.”

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