Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department celebrated their 100th anniversary at their annual Firemen’s Ball, Oct. 12, at the Elks Club.
The first Firemen’s Ball was held in 1913, the same year a group of volunteers organized the WPVFD. The ball is held every year to not only help raise funds for the fire department, but also to honor past and current volunteer firefighters.
Volunteer firefighters and citizens of Wolf Point dined on a buffet-style dinner, comprised of salad, potato melody, ribs, jerk chicken and herb-roasted pork. Elks’ chef Dustin Hunsaker, who prepared the meal, said it was a big honor for him to prepare the dinner and be a part of the ball.
After dinner, WPVFD secretary/treasurer Chris Dschaak, captain David Michael Parsley and assistant chief Allen Richard came to the front and thanked friends, family and employers for their support.
They also asked current members of the fire department, as well as past members — whom they referred to as the “Dinosaur Club” — to stand up and thanked them for the hours of service they have given to the community.
The officers also honored Doug Hopson for his 22½ years of service to the department and presented him with a shadowbox, framed with memories of his days as a volunteer firefighter.
“Twenty-two and a half years of getting up at 3 a.m. whenever a garbage can is on fire in February,” Parsley said. “Twenty-two and a half years of leaving picnics to fight grass fires.”
Parsley said they usually have the dinner in private, but decided to share the dinner with everyone.
There was a drawing held for a trip for four to Las Vegas with spending cash, which was won by Joby Flynn. There was also a drawing for cash prizes, as well as silent and live auctions.
Once the live auction and the drawing was finished the band, Life After Work, played in the ballroom as guests danced the night away.