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Indian River Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Celebrates 70 Years of Service

State Rep. Jeff Hilovsky welcomed members of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary to Legislative Hall today to mark the organization's 70th Anniversary.

As part of the commemoration, Rep. Hilovsky presented a House Tribute that read:

"We commend the outstanding service this Auxiliary has provided to the fire company and the local community throughout their seventy years.

On January 7, 1954, a meeting was held, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company was established. The first elected officers were Emily Colebourn as President, Daisey Pride as Vice President, Ivah Hastings as Secretary, Grace Tate as Assistant Secretary, Louise Wilkins as Treasurer, and Angela Birl as Assistant Treasurer. These officers were installed on January 26, 1954 and the Ladies Auxiliary Charter Membership for enrollment was closed on April 8, 1954, that included fifty-three members.

Throughout the years, they have held many fundraisers, including dinners, selling various products, bake sales, food sales, dances, ice cream festivals, Easter candy, raffles, and a monthly breakfast. The proceeds from these fundraising events were used to purchase equipment and supplies for the firefighters.

The Ladies Auxiliary also provides food to the firefighters during emergency events, special projects, inclement weather, and fire disasters. We thank the Ladies Auxiliary for their many contributions throughout the years."