On Monday, December 12 the Rock Mills Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Christmas dinner to show appreciation to its members, past and present. After a warm, home cooked meal, provided by Faith Baptist Church, Chief Tony Moore presented several members of the department with awards for their outstanding and selfless dedication to the VFD and the Rock Mills Community.
One of the most prestigious awards a member can receive is the Fireman of the Year. This year the Fireman of the Year award was presented in honor of Herby Burgess, a very cherished and deeply missed member that passed earlier this year. This award was given to member Jason Daniel and he will be entered as the Rock Mills candidate for fireman of the year for the Randolph County Fireman’s Association.
In addition to fireman of the year, the Rock Mills VFD presented their Junior Fireman with awards of appreciation. The program currently consists of five members who are able to shadow other members and assist with calls. This program gives these young men the opportunity to learn not only the ropes of being a firefighter but also a chance to learn core values such as teamwork, bravery, and most of all selflessness. Rock Mills VFD is proud to be able to sponsor a Junior Fireman program. These young men are the future of the department and will one day be the saving grace of the Rock Mills community during the inevitable times of despair and emergency.