The first Fireman’s Banquet was held on Saturday, November 24 in order to show appreciation and support for Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue while raising finances for the essential community service.
The Banquet, held at Abaco Beach Resort’s Pavilion, featured a silent auction, fine dining and live entertainment by New Entry Band and was organized by the Marsh Harbour Fire Department’s Finance Committee headed by Reginald Sands (chairman), Ruth Saunders (secretary) and Brenda Sawyer (treasurer).
The audience was entertained by master of ceremonies Charlie Cooke who introduced the evening’s speakers.
Walter Evans, Bahamas Director of Fire Services RBPF spoke of how “special you folks are and to say a special thank you for the wonderful job that the fire brigade officers are doing here in Abaco.”
He praised the wonderful job the department has done for many years and the diversity of ages and family atmosphere of the fire department.
Preston Cunningham, Island Administrator, praised the selflessness of the volunteer firefighters and encouraged them to “not be weary in well doing.”
Noel Curry, Superintendent of Police for the Abaco District, said “thank you to Chief Danny Sawyer and the fire team for the exceptional work you do not just today, but for the many years past.”
He also challenged himself, the fire director and island administrator to approach the government to render assistance in fire gear for the fire department.
Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Key presented Sargent Paul Johnson, Abaco District Fire Authority, with a plaque in gratitude of his service, support, advice and guidance to assist the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department to protect the community.
Plaques were also given to former fire chiefs Norwell Gordon (first firefighter for the Marsh Harbour Department), John Hall, Brent Key, Claude Sawyer and Beverly Sands (the first female fire chief) for their committed and dedicated service to the Volunteer Fire Department.
Fire Chief Danny Sawyer thanked the community for their generosity and support of the fire department. He also expressed gratitude to the volunteers and the sacrifice of their time and effort to protect and serve the community.