Community members celebrate Endwell’s O.L. Davis Fire Company 100 years of service
ENDWELL (WBNG) -- On Sunday, Sept. 18 the Endwell O.L. Davis Fire Company celebrated its 100-year anniversary.
County residents lined the street to watch a fire truck parade and enjoy a variety of activities.
Other fire stations from across the county also took part in the parade.
This year the fire company is actually 101 years old but due to COVID-19, the 100-year celebration was pushed until this year.
“We’re really happy that we had the crowd that we have here today,” said the fire company’s president Rob Brady.
Brady told 12 News the fire company has a long history starting back in 1921 when a fire broke out at the Davis Farm.
He said 40 men got together to form the fire department as previously Endicott’s fire station would cover most fires in the area. However, this time there was a considerable delay in getting to the fire. The 40 community members then went door to door trying to raise money to create a new fire station. The owner of the Davis Farm donated a portion of his land for the first fire station to be built.
He said support for the fire company continues to this day.
“The support we get is important to us,” Brady told 12 News. “We’re all volunteers and to have the people in the community come out to thank us and support us means a lot.”
He said the support helps motivate the volunteers to keep volunteering.
After the parade, the fire station held an open house that had something for all ages including ice cream, music and more.
The celebration concluded with a firework show at Highland Park.
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