Organized March 12, 1940
The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Centerport Fire Department was organized March 12, 1940. As stated in our Bylaws, the purpose of the organization shall be to aid or assist the Centerport Fire Department in any way possible, to parade as a unit in any parades mandatory to the men of the Centerport Fire Department and to promote good will in the community. There have been approximately 191 members admitted to the ranks of the Ladies Auxiliary since it’s inception in 1940. This number includes the original 39 charter members.
Ladies’ Auxiliary Prayer
The ladies wait, while Their men respond, united as one in a common bond. The bond of serving, each in their own way, the needs that arise, be what they may. The reheated meals, the unsipped drink, are a common occurrence, much more then you think. It’s mostly routine and done without flair, the men return, their ladies are there. But then comes the call, the tough one to fight, a working fire that may last through the night. The ladies again wait, but this time they know, that sooner or later, they too will go. As they wait for the signal, the time draws near, for that sooner or later to be suddenly here, The men are all weary, some of them spent, the refreshments that arrive are like heaven sent. The auxiliary, in fact, is more than a name. So God when we pray for the firemen’s care, include the ladies, who were also there.
This is dedicated to my wife. Without her love and support I would not be able to be a Volunteer Firefighter. The table’s set, the meal’s prepared, our guests will soon arrive. My husband once more disappears with a hope of keeping a child alive. While waiting at home again, our plans having gone awry. My first impulse is merely to sit down and cry. But soon again I realize the importance of my life when I agreed to take on the duties of bieng a fireman’s wife. While there are many drawbacks, I’ll take them in my stride, the gusting winds and raging flames may be his final fate, but with gods help I can remain my fireman’s faithfull mate.