Yuletide Celebration at PFDDecember 13, 2013
For as many years as anyone in the Pelham fire department can remember, fire personnel have helped ring in the holiday season with merriment and good cheer. With a spacious new fire department to celebrate in, a larger crowd than expected attended and helped to fill the bays with joy and holiday spirit.
“Sundays at the firehouse usually mean it’s time to scrub the floors of the apparatus bays, check the trucks, have dinner, read and watch TV,” said Firefighter Shaun Hamilton. The crew finished their assignments, put out a wide array of refreshments and baked goods and started grilling burgers and hot dogs for their winter guests.
Singers and musicians from Crossroads Baptist Church entertained families as they eagerly awaited Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival. Singer Morgan Apkarian remarked, “It’s so nice to have a bigger fire station.” She remembers past celebrations in the old fire station were standing room only.
St. Patrick’s Church choir sang holiday favorites and was accompanied by Firefighters Fontanella, Lennon and Normandin for a few songs. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at the end of the classic Santa Claus is Coming to Town. With fire engine sirens blaring, Santa made quite an entrance to the delight of all the children in attendance. They quickly formed an orderly line to have their chance to meet Santa and share their Christmas wishes with him.
Penelope Wilson, a Kindergartener, asked Santa, “Can I have a rocking horse and batteries for my flashlight?” Children posed for photos with Santa and received a candy cane.
“This is such a nice event. It’s so warm and spread out; it’s really nice,” said Sheila Lapa.
“We try to give back to the community. Look around you. As you can see, we have a lot to be thankful for,” said Firefighter Hamilton.