Mild January temperatures lighten chores for PVFD

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Firefighters with the Perry Volunteer Fire Department took advantage of Sunday's balmy January temperatures to take down the lights from the grounds of the Raccoon Valley Bank in Perry and stow them for next Christmas.

Perry’s festive firefighters strung holiday lights in the trees at the Raccoon Valley Bank Nov. 19, 2018.

It hardly seems possible that seven weeks have passed since members of the Perry Volunteer Fire Department strung the festive holiday lights in the trees of the Raccoon Valley Bank grounds, but the season has come and gone, and some of those same firefighters took advantage of Sunday’s balmy January temperatures to take down the lights and stow them for next Christmas.

Perry’s local volunteer firefighters did not have to ring in the new year in 2019 as they did in 2018, when a house fire at 1319 Fifth St. broke out about 1 a.m. Jan. 1, 2018, and the temperature was 20 degrees below zero.

Yet the department has kept busy, from delivering their annual holiday food baskets to needy families in December to honoring retiring Dawson Fire Chief Bill Kempf on the completion of his 50-year career in serving public safety.

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