Your fire protection

                                                                                                                            Photo by Christy Porter
The Licking Rural Volunteer Fire Department members are from front left: Quinton Trout, 
Chris Mesger, Nathan Burton, Mike Drozdo, Dillion Case and Tim Umfleet; 
back left: Gregory Ellis, Jay Stoner, Andrew Neudeck, David Potts, Larry Potts, Lucas Green, 
Fire Chief Jimmy Sherrill, Randy Wilson, Rylie Tatroe and Tristin Hall.
By Christy Porter
Managing Editor

The Licking Rural Volunteer Fire Department held their annual Chili Supper Fundraiser on Saturday with a great turnout. Firefighter chili, vegetable soup, crackers, drinks and dessert were served for an all-inclusive price at the event.
“There is over 100 combined years of experience with the department,” says Jimmy Sherrill, fire chief for 10 years. “All our firefighters have other jobs and their wives always help with department needs where possible. We also have a junior program, which currently has four students who are learning firefighting. They do not attend to an active fire but assist by doing water shuttle, changing equipment and whatever other support they can give the firefighters.”
                                                             Photo by Christy Porter
David Potts with the LRVFD stands beside 
the firefighters’ gear “lockers.”
This volunteer department provides your local fire protection and they need your help for not only providing the service, but also in protecting themselves.
As reported in The Licking News on February 27, “…their gear will be considered out of service by the NFPA.” This fundraiser contributes to the operating expenses but hopes are that it raises enough funds to help purchase new gear, which will allow them to continue full-service fire protection, not only outside the fire but also inside if necessary.
The LRVFD is also participating in the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm program. American Red Cross Volunteer Disaster Program Specialist Kerry Ogden was present at the chili supper providing information about this free smoke alarm program. If you need smoke alarms, they may be requested by going to or calling 1-800-Red-Cross. If you want to volunteer with the American Red Cross, go to or call 417-862-4957.
Please help the LRVFD by paying your dues in a timely manner and donating when possible. You may stay current with their activities and show your support on the Licking Rural Fire Department Facebook page.



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