Jeremy Pedigo backs a Temple Hill Fire Department vehicle back into the station house.

Friday night’s annual meeting of the Temple Hill Volunteer Fire Department will include a celebration of their 25th anniversary.

According to chief Tony Richey, local dignitaries have been invited, as well as the 100-plus members who have ever served with the THVFD.

A small program reflecting on the department’s past and the changes it has undergone, not to mention some reminiscing, is scheduled.

It begins at 7 p.m. in the lunchroom of Temple Hill Elementary.

An 18-year veteran of the department, Richey got involved as a chance to help his fellow citizens.

“I’ve always been community-minded and wanted to help do things,” he said. “That just kind of fit in to helping the community.”

Fellow firefighter Jeremy Pedigo, who has been with the department for nine years, shared a similar sentiment.

“I’ve always wanted to help people,” he said.

Besides their station in Temple Hill, the THVFD has another house on Roseville Road and is looking into adding another one in the Eighty Eight community, according to Richey.

There are presently 31 members of the department.

“We usually average about 22,” Richey said.

The chief added that one thing they are constantly doing in the department is training.

Pedigo said he comes for a meeting and training session every Monday night.

“Most of the time, the life of a firefighter is about five years because they either move on or they lose interest or something like that,” Richey said. “You’re always training and getting new people in.”

Richey’s reason for continuing the job is to keep offering assistance to those who need it.

“One of the things that we as Christians are supposed to do is help everybody if you can,” he said.

For Pedigo, his future plans also include a prolonged stint with the THVFD.

“I just got my EMT license, so I’m good to go for a while,” he said.


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