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CELEBRATE-Over 100 people attended the Marinette Fire Department Open House, Saturday, Aug. 12. The open house was in honor of the departments 150 years of service. TOP PHOTO-Firefighters Jason Lemire and Steve Kunick perform the extrication demonstration as Lt. Mark Diercks looks on. BOTTOM PHOTO-Val Ihde is presented with a commemorative helmet for his many years of photo documentation of M.F.D. responses and events from Lt. Mark Diercks.
Marinette Fire Department Celebrates 150th Anniversary
The Marinette Fire Department celebrated its 150th year anniversary with an open house Saturday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Children's activities included a bounce house, water ball, face painting, and Skippee's inter-active fire house.
Marinette High School Student Senate, family members, and U.S. Navy personnel, assigned to the USS Little Rock helped out with the kids activities and served food. Donations for food went to the new Marinette Rec Center.
Donations for the Rec Center also entered attendee's into a drawing for the experience of going up in Quint 120s basket for a birds eye view of the city.
There were also station tours, apparatus and equipment displays and an extrication demonstration.
Rep. John Nygren was also present with his daughter.
Jack's Fresh Market provided the food and water, Hoppe Dairy-ice cream treats, Kwik-Trip provided fruit, and the M&M YMCA, Culver's, and McDonald's gave prizes.
Val Ihde was recognized for his many years of photo documentation of department responses and events with a commemorative helmet and personalized leather shield.
Paul Bouche was also recognized and made an honorary member of the department. "Paulie", as he is known around the department, was presented with a shirt with his name and rank of Honorary Fire Fighter and a helmet and leather shield reading, "Paul Bouche, Honorary Marinette Fire Fighter". The shield was donated by Paul Conway Shields and Equipment.
Several retirees were present to celebrate the milestone. Members of the Marinette Fire Department thank the residents of Marinette for their 150 years of support.