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2013-01-10

To thank & honor county firefighters

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Courtesy of a recent donation by a former volunteer firefighter, Bandera County's nine volunteer fire departments and several EMS units now have new portable GPS navigation systems.
According to County Fire Marshal John Stith, the benefactor, who wished to remain anonymous, wanted to honor the volunteers who protect county homes and businesses. "He donated 33 of these GPS units and asked that they be distributed among the various departments," Stith said. "This was a thoughtful late Christmas present and we're very grateful to him." The GPS devices were given to the chiefs and their representatives at the Bandera EMS Barn on Main Street on Friday, Jan. 4. The portable units come with lifetime automatic updates and are valued at approximately $3,000. They can be used in various trucks simply by being plugged into cigarette lighters or other outlets.
Stith added that every fire department throughout the county is currently seeking good volunteers to assist with the firefighting efforts. For more information, interested individuals are urged to visit www.bandeacounty.org and contact the fire chief in their area.

Pictured: Photo by Judith Pannebaker
Bandera County Fire Marshal John Stith recently distributed donated GPS directional units to volunteer fire departments throughout the county. Pleased to receive the late Christmas presents were, from left, Tarpley VFD Chief Adam Jenschke, Lakeshore VFD Vice President Dean French, Carol Corales of Pipe Creek VFD; Lakeshore VFD Assistant Chief Thomas Bailey, EMS Director Cindy Martin, Medina Lake VFD Chief Ben L. Hicks III, Stith, Ray Rolf of Castle Lake Ranch VFD, Precinct 4 Commissioner and Vanderpool VFD Chief Doug King and Lakeshore VFD Capt. Kevin Gonce.