Special Treatment

Feb 22, 2017

To the Editor:

I’m no different from anyone else in my great admiration and thankfulness for Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co. #1, the first fire company in the county. That alone is special. And, like everyone else, I need the huge portions of its luscious annual Turkey Dinner (this was the 100th Turkey Dinner) to make February a little more doable.

But I was worried because having sprained a hamstring muscle and hobbling slowly, how was I to get my usual two dinners that I translate into four? Well, I took courage and went before 11:30 to the lineup that begins to receive the takeout boxes starting at noon. I was the first to arrive.

One of the ticket-takers way across the room hurried over to me, extending his arm and escorting me to the front of what would be the line. He then got me a seat so that I could be comfortable during what he thought would be quite a wait. He asked the man at the counter, who would be boxing the food, how long before serving, and was told 15 minutes. Well, in about 10 minutes he was scooping out those generous portions and putting my two boxes into a strong, specially designed bag.

Then, the first gentleman came over, took the bag and me, gratefully holding his arm, all the way back to my car. Those firehouse people have hearts of gold!

Also in the bag was the fire company’s thick information booklet that everyone should read. It includes tide charts, information about the clothing drop-off program, fabulous photos and a calendar of events that provides fun for almost every month in the year. Read it; don’t toss it.

Thanks, heroes. We love you!

Ginnie Gottshall

Beach Haven

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