Possum Kingdom West Volunteer Fire Department receives a ceremonial check for $16,830 Saturday from the Texas A&M Forest Service for the purchase of a slide in wildfire apparatus. The cab and chassis served EMS 15 years as an ambulance. Left to right are Robby Edmondson, Dwayne Edmondson, Ron Rigdon, Jack Rymer, Jim Edmondson, Carl Blacksten, TFS resource specialist Keith Vaughn, Marlin Keener and Gerry Rudolph. (Mark Engebretson)
Members of Cub Scout Pack 39 lead the Pledge of Allegiance during Flag Day ceremonies at the Possum Kingdom West Emergency Services station Saturday. (Mark Engebretson)
Possum Kingdom West Emergency Services used Flag Day to dedicate the station’s new flag pole, the first for the department.
“Today is a very special day in the history of our station,” said Jack Rymer, chief of the Possum Kingdom West Volunteer Fire Department.
He said he joined PK West two years ago and noticed the station did not have a flag pole.
“Every station should have a flag pole,” he added, explaining that it was a symbol of not only the nation, but also gave notice of sanctuary.
The pole was donated by Woodmen of the World Chapter 203, of Mineral Wells.
Woodmen of the World field representative Rick Pennycuff presents information about the folds of the flag held by American Volunteer Reserves Knox Bishop, left and Larry Hamilton. (Mark Engebretson)
Rick Pennycuff, a WoW field representative, led the day’s ceremonies by reading a history of the flag and explaining the 13 folds of the flag as Larry Hamilton and Knox Bishop, members of the American Volunteer Reserves, folded a flag before presenting it to Rymer.
Jeff and Honi Deaton provided the music and members of Cub Scout Pack 39 led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Also Saturday, Keith Vaughn, resource specialist with Texas A&M Forest Service, presented a symbolic check for $16,830, a grant from TFS for the purchase of a slide-in unit for wildland fire fighting. PK West VFD used an ambulance chassis to mount the unit.
Possum Kingdom West Volunteer Fire Department members, right to left, Gerry Rudolph, Ron Rigdon and Carl Blacksten watch the ceremonies that dedicated the new flag pole at the PK West VFD station Saturday.