Etoile Fire Turns 30

by Christa Smith

For thirty years the Etoile Fire Department has protected it's citizens. The department turned 30 this year and celebrated with a BBQ lunch today. "You know just wanted to get the community out and hang out with us and have a good time and see who we are and what we do," Fire Chief Randy Sanders said.

There was plenty to do. There was a dunking booth, auctions, a band, and kids could even play on fire trucks. All the benefits of the lunch will go to the department to help pay for equipment and training. Sanders told us, "It takes money to run it. You know our equipments expensive and with fuel up like it is. So that's what we're doing here today."

All these Etoile residents love what they're doing. Bill Webb has been doing for 21 years and he couldn't imagine not. "We've always been involved, the family's been involved in the community and the fire department is heavily involved in the community and we wanted to do our share," he told us of his family. The community showed their appreciation today for all the hard work these firefighters do and the fact that they do it all for free, doesn't go unnoticed.