Yorktown Fire Dept. celebrates 100th year in Morrow's Meadow
By Ella Reff
YORKTOWN, IN - The morning fog was just disappearing as the background work for the Yorktown Fire Department Festival began. Jeffrey Clark, president of the YFD Association, coordinated the celebration of one hundred years of service and protection for the Yorktown community.
According to the day's guidebook, a huge fire downtown in 1913 was beyond the scope of the bucket brigade, and by May of that year, an official fire department was formed. Chris Horner had recently been looking at the history, and after only six months of planning, a downtown parade featuring fire trucks from Delaware, Henry, Madison and Randolph Counties kicked off today's event.
The Randolph County truck from Farmland, a 1922 vintage model, is still in use. One truck, a 1935 model labeled Arnold, PA, was driven here from Glenview, IL, by Wayne Globerger, whose son Kurt is a local firefighter. The Highland Heights band of Anderson led the parade.
The trucks were then stationed in Morrows Meadow alongside exhibits for fire safety, a dunk tank, and food and vendor booths. Children got their faces painted, adults could have a beer and listen to the KnotaKloo or Lemon Wheel band, and teens could hang out with friends. A few Yorktown High School students manned a booth toward their goal of raising $25,000 for Riley Children's Hospital as they gear up for the Yorktown Dance Marathon next spring.
Parked in the middle of all the festivities were the antique and custom cars, with chrome bumpers shining in the sun and special license plates. Judges later would award a trophy to best of show.
Lt. Mike Smith, who has been with the department seven years, stated that YFD is on Facebook for anyone wanting more information about the workings of the Yorktown/Mt. Pleasant Township Fire Department.
Ella Reff is a free-lance writer and a member of the National League of American Pen Women.
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