Sheffield-Calahaln: Firefighters recognized for volunteer work

Published 8:47 am Monday, January 29, 2024

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By Brenda Bailey



Birthday wishes to:  Maxine Edwards on Feb. 3; Charles “Muggs” Smith and Suzonne Stratton on Feb. 5; and Yvonne Richardson on Feb. 8. If you would like a birthday or anniversary listed, please let me know.

Jay Lockhart, firefighter of the year.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Sheffield-Calahaln Volunteer Fire Department held its annual banquet;  2023 was a great year for the department and this night was a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to acknowledge outstanding individuals. Award winners:  Jay Lockhart, Firefighter of the Year; Gary Allen, First Responder of the Year; Cecil Allen and Frankie Allen, Hall of Fame; Gary Allen, the Chief’s Appreciation award for his time served as chief from 2018-2023. Firefighter Emeritus Awards were given in recognition of members who completed 20 or more years in the fire service and retain lifelong membership with the department:  David Allen, Jerry Keller, Noah Drye, Gary Allen, Mitch Masencup and Scott Clemo.  Matthew Mills is the new Fire Chief. Matthew and his wife, Michelle reside in the Sheffield community with their two children, Brooklyn and Isaiah. He welcomes anyone interested in becoming a firefighter and serving the community, to visit or call 336-492-5791.

Former Fire Chief Gary Allen.

We want to thank Gary Allen for serving as fire chief these past few years.  Gary has been with the fire department for more than 20 years, but I can remember him going to the fire department with his father, Frankie “Cowboy” Allen as just a baby. He, like his dad, is dedicated to the department, to this community, and to surrounding communities. Gary Allen has done an excellent job as chief and we are fortunate to have him remain with the department. Gary, we thank you for all you’ve done for Sheffield-Calahaln and for all your dedication and work the last 20 plus years.

The New Union Men’s Group is selling tickets for one pound of barbecue.  Cost of $15 includes slaw, buns and dip.  Pick up at New Union Church on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  For tickets and more information, contact 336-345-3672.

Prayer requests continue for Bryan Swain, Hazel Smoot, Tim Keller, Junior Dunn, Betty Dameron, Tammy Keller, Charles England, Lincoln Dyson, Chester Reeves, Yvonne Ijames, Bonnie Gunter, Ed Livengood, Milton Tutterow, Geraldine Lambert, Betty Beck, Sue Gobble, Helen Bulla, Paul Beck, Juanita Keaton, Emily Brown, Marsha Gobble, Mary Teague, Eddie Porter, Janie Williams, Maria Knight, Violet Coursey, Clyde Jordan, Jack Seaford and Suzonne Stratton.  Our condolences to the Benjamin “Jack” Ijames family,

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