Firefighters Offer a Dinner, Italian Style

April 28, 2017

 

by David S. Morin

Mama Mia!  Litchfield firefighters put on an Italian spaghetti dinner with all the fixings at Campbell High School on April 22.  The dinner is the Litchfield Firefighters Relief Association’s annual fundraising event, but this year, instead of the traditional ham and bean supper, they added a little Italian flair.  More than 200 people from the Litchfield community came out to support their firefighters.

Relief Association President Jason Ricard said the Litchfield Firefighters Association contributes to charities such as the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, Christmas Angels, the local chapter of Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service, the local food pantry, Veterans Count, American Cancer Society and many other charities that help those in need or benefit the community.  The supper also supports the benevolence of the firefighters.

Ricard said they offer scholarships for local students entering into a field of public service, provide equipment to the fire department and offer training to the firefighters in order to help them better serve the community.  Most of the department members were on hand to help cook, serve and provide fire truck rides for those attending the dinner.  Ricard went on to say the support they receive each year through food, raffle and other donations items, along with the placemat advertisements, makes the event the continued success it is.

Each year a lot of time and effort goes into the planning and execution of the dinner.  The Olive Garden Restaurant donated the bread sticks for the supper.  Three firefighters attended a special class put on by the restaurant on how to warm and serve the bread sticks.

A special presentation was made to Firefighter Warren Adams.  This year’s event was the 37th year that Warren has been a part of the supper.  Not surprisingly, he was recognized with the Golden Ham Award.

Firefighters are proud of this longstanding community event that brings them in contact with the residents who they are thankful to serve.