Eudy was among the firefighters of the first through fourth quarters of 2013. Those named were Monty Parker Sr., firefighter of the first quarter; Chance Reasoner, second quarter, Eudy, third quarter; and K.J. Van Natta, fourth quarter. District 60 State Rep. Jim Keffer was the featured speaker of the evening. "It's a privilege to be here," he began. "When we first moved to Eastland, the first people who came by to visit with me were people from the Eastland Volunteer Fire Department. It was genuinely heartfelt gratitude that they came out." Keffer said he worked a lot with Steve Perdue, who wanted more support from the state for volunteer fire departments. "Steve Perdue was a visionary," he added. "He made sure I was at the schools at Mineral Wells. I put on the bunker gear and went into a burning house." The state representative also stressed the importance of maintaining visibility for rural Texas and the VFDs. "Ninety percent of the fires are rural," he said. "In rural Texas we have the census, populations are gravitating to the cities." He added that Houston has more state representatives than West Texas. "Fortunately, they don't get along," said Keffer. "We need to continue the gallant fight, we have to continue to go forward," he urged. "As long as I'm in the Legislature, you have a friend. "We have a great story to tell and we need to tell it." A number of people were recognized during the evening. Officers: Monte Parker Sr., fire chief; Lynn Reasoner, first assistant chief; Jerry Van Natta, second assistant chief; Carla Hay Perdue, secretary; Danny Earl, treasurer; James Brooks, captain, Company 1; Chayla Reasoner, lieutenant, Company 1; William Eudy, captain, Company 2; Danny Earl, lieutenant, Company 2; K.J. Van Natta, captain Company 3; and Monte Parker Jr., lieutenant, Company 3. Service pins: Chayla Reasoner, 10 years; Robert Coker, 15 years; Lynn Reasoner, 20 years; and Jerry Van Natta, 40 years. Texas A&M guest instructors: Lynn Reasoner, Joel Thompson, Clark Gregg, K.
J. Van Natta, Jim Murray, Danny Earl and Monty Parker Jr. Mascot: Outgoing 2013 Mascot, Jacob Sommers; 2014 Mascot, Kirsten Parker. Business partners: Holiday Inn Express; Mineral Wells Rent-All, Chadwell and Sons from Springtown, and Regina and Strawberry Jordan. Also recognized was Joel Thompson. He joined the department in 1993 and was the fire chief in 2013.