"Without the community it would not be possible to have the equipment and training that we do."

(Thermopolis, Wyo.) - Every year on the Saturday closest to Valentine's Day, the Thermopolis Volunteer Fire Department has a little bit of a party. They invite past Firemen, guests, and their wives and significant others to attend the banquet, which traditionally serves as a way to express gratitude, reminisce on the past, and look forward to where the fire department will head in the future. It's also a time to give awards for those who have been in this service for a long time, and acknowledge the fresh faces in the department that feel as passionately about helping this community as those who have done this for the better part of their lives. [image: Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 11.46.24 AM.png] Volunteer Fireman, Forrest Coleman-Weisz shared these photos from Saturday's event and a beautiful tribute to the firemen's families and our community: *"This banquet is meant for those that we love the most in our lives. One thing that is common throughout the fire service is the toll we take on the family nearest to us. I can remember many nights when my pager would go off and I would rush out of the house in the middle of the night. Only to leave my wife in the early hours of the morning, stomach in knots, hoping, praying that I would come home alive and unhurt. These are the people that make what we do possible. They have endlessly given their time and sleep just as much as the men and women in uniform do every day. We won't be able to thank them enough, but we are darn sure going to try!* *But mostly this party is about the community. We live in a small town, a town that has also supported this fire department. The TVFD was formed in 1919 and without the community we have here, it would not be possible to have the equipment and training that we do. I personally came into this with no knowledge of fire protection, I had no formal training, no experience, never even touched a hose line before. Heck the first time someone put a nozzle in my hand it nearly knocked me on my butt. Over the course of the last four years I have trained on everything from how to pump the trucks, to how to attack a fire from the interior of a burning building, to how to get a victim trapped in a car out safely and quickly. * *None of this would have been possible without the backing of this community, and I am forever grateful for that. So every year, we have a dance. We bring in a live band and mingle with the community that endlessly supports us. We take some money and we throw it in a raffle to give back to those in our community. The dance is always free, and everyone in the community is welcome! Once again, it's a group of people that we could never thank enough, but we are still going to continue to try. So next year on the Saturday closest to Valentines Day, come out and dance the night away with your volunteer fire department!"* Forrest concluded, *"Thank you Thermopolis and Hot Springs County, without you none of this would be possible. Looking forward to seeing you all next year!"* *Content and photos courtesy of Forrest Coleman-Weisz / Pitchengine Communities. * We'd love to share photos from events you attend from in and around Thermopolis. If you'd like to share, click here! [image: Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 11.38.12 AM.png] [image: Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 11.45.56 AM.png] [image: Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 11.46.13 AM.png] #springcity #news