Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Michigan Fireman's Memorial Festival

We spent this last weekend camping at Higgins Lake and enjoying the Michigan Fireman's Memorial Festival. We went up on Friday and had a steak dinner at the campgrounds with the guys from Rich's fire department and the neighboring town's fire department. Rich went out the the guys afterwards to the barn on the festival grounds for a few drinks while I slept! :-)

Rich's past chief's name on the wall.

Saturday morning we got up bright and early to go to the memorial service. As we arrived, the rain started, came down hard during the whole service then, in a very timely manner, stopped when the service was over and the sun came out! Rich's fire department had his past fire chief's name put on the wall and they laid a wreath in his honor. The family also gave a donation in memory of him.
The kids trying to stay dry during the service.
Rich's fellow firefighter speaking about their past fire chief.
Rich, some of the firefighters and their past chief's mom by the name on the wall.

We skipped the parade and went back to the campgrounds to dry off a while before going to watch Rich in his Search & Rescue competition. He and his team (4 of them all together) had 15 minutes to get suited up and go into a dark, smoke-filled, three story structure and try to retrieve two rescue victims. The team did an awesome job coming in 3rd place and was the only team to find both rescue victims. (They were unable to get the 2nd victim completely out before they ran out of time, so they didn't receive points for it.)
The Search & Rescue team waiting anxiously.
Their time has started and they're getting their gear on.
Heading into the structure.
Rich waiting outside for his turn to run in.
The cheering section....my in-laws, their dog and the kiddos.
Morgan cheering "Go Daddy Go!"
The team!
Aww :-)

After the guys got their plaque and other prizes we went out for dinner at the local bowling alley and then back to the campgrounds. Sunday we packed up and did some more looking around at the festival grounds before heading home.
Posing with their plaque.

It's awesome to be able to go to such an event each year. Not only do I learn more about what goes into being a firefighter, but it's just a wonderful way to remember and honor those who gave their lives keeping their communities safe.

8 comments:

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds like a wonderful Memorial Festival. I didn't know they do things like that. We haven't had any fireman in our family. You must be very proud of your husband.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

What a beautiful and wonderful time! Great to always remember and to also let ppl know what really does go into keeping us safe!

I love the pic w/ Rich and the kids!! And the go daddy go pic is priceless!! Love Blake's frog boots!

way to go team!

P.S. Aren't those backpacks so cool they sale them every year and they have food, tickets and discount coupons in them. Plus a backpack that is thick and nice they can use again.

PAM said...

Go Daddy Go...is an awesome picture.

I have worked with a few guys who later became firefighters, I know how hard it is to get there. Congrats on a nice, family weekend.

Nicole Feliciano said...

Beautiful day. What a way to honor those fine firemen of the present and the past.

Nicole Feliciano said...

Beautiful day. What a way to honor those fine firemen of the present and the past.

Clueless_Mama said...

I looks like it was a weekend of sad and happy times. I love the pictures you shared with us. Congrats to your hubby on the plaque:)

Felicia said...

What an amazing time! I am so thankful for these guys and gals!

The Jacobsen Family! said...

I always love seeing pictures of this event! LOVE the picture of Rich and the kids!

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