Waxhaw Lions Club honors firefighters, EMTs
Saturday, May. 17, 2014

Waxhaw Lions Club honors firefighters, EMTs

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    EMT of the Year Scott Carpentier is presented with his award by Lions Club President Becky Landon, right, and Fire Chief Rob Fitzgerald.
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    The Waxaw Lions Club presents an award for Firefighter of the Year to Chris Cangemi, center. Lions Club President Becky Landon, left, and Fire Chief Rob Fitzgerald pose with Cangemi.

The Waxhaw Lions Club recently adopted the slogan, “Making a great place to live even better!”

An early step toward that goal was to institute a recognition process for the men and women who serve the greater Waxhaw area as volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

The inaugural award for Volunteer Firefighter of the Year went to Chris Cangemi, and Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician of the Year went to Scott Carpentier.

Fellow members of the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department conduct the selection process. Criteria include leadership ability, professional skills and participation in responses to emergency calls.

Waxhaw Lions Club President Becky Landon presented the awards last month.

Lions Club membership chairman Dan Stuart spoke about the level of commitment demonstrated by the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department.

Stuart said the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department, incorporated in 1954, provides fire, rescue and EMS first-response service to approximately 16,000 residents in the Waxhaw area.

Last year, the department responded to more than 1,100 calls for service; 70 percent were medical-related, Stuart said.

The department’s 70 members provide protection over 43 square miles of Union County, he said.

“Although the majority of volunteers hold full-time jobs, many respond to over 150 calls annually,” Stuart said. “These selfless men and women not only sacrifice their time and energy in service to their community, they often place themselves in danger protecting property of others and saving lives.”

Stuart said a volunteer firefighter must be certified by the state. The first level of certification is North Carolina Firefighter I, which requires 190 hours of course/skills work, he said.

The second level requires an additional 143 hours. All training is conducted under the auspices of the local community college.

All members of the department participate in monthly continuing-education classes to maintain their skills and qualifications.

For more information about the fire department or about becoming a firefighter or EMT, visit www.waxhawvfd.com.

For more information about the Waxhaw Lions Club, contact President Becky Landon at 706-635-8018 or membership chairman Dan Stuart at 803-431-7204.

Union County Arts Council breakfast

The Union County Community Arts Council’s fourth annual Breakfast for the Arts on May 9 entertained more than 200 patrons in an event that quickly has become one of the premiere arts showcases in Union County.

From walls hung with original art and musical performances, to a special message from the executive director of the N.C. Arts Council, the breakfast was 75 minutes of pure art.

The Marvin Ridge High School Women’s Ensemble opened the program. They have received consistent superior ratings at state and national choral festivals for the past seven years and have received three invitations to perform in Carnegie Hall.

“The Breakfast for the Arts is our chance to bring artists and guests together for a real look at how the arts are so important in Union County,” said Barbara Faulk, the Arts Council’s executive director. “We are proud of these accomplished artists and want the whole county to enjoy and benefit from a life enriched by the arts.”

The annual Breakfast for the Arts is one of the major fundraising events for this very active nonprofit that serves all of Union County.

To make a contribution, visit www.unionarts.org/support-us and download a printable version of the donation form; return it to: Union County Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 576, Monroe, NC 28111.

You also may call 704-283-2784 to make a contribution or pledge by phone.

John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at jafortrel@aol.com.

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