Letter to Editor: Fire company event to honor members


On Sunday, the Greenwood Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Inc. will hold its annual memorial service to remember the members who have passed on and to thank those who volunteer today.

The company, chartered in 1970, will celebrate 45 years of service this year.  After the City of Winchester annexed and took Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company into the city limits, many of the citizens east of Winchester felt unprotected. A group of concerned citizens formed and went to the Shawnee Ruritan Club with their concern. The Ruritan Club formed a committee to address the concerns. Dickie Dick was chairman of this committee and meetings were held to organize a fire company. In 1968 officers were elected and the new fire company was started. Charlie Dunn was elected the first chief of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company; Charlie is still an active volunteer of the board of directors of the fire company today.

The Ruritan Club purchased 5 acres of the Brown farm on the east side of Greenwood Road where the fire station was built. By-laws were formed and the fire company chartered in 1970. Over the past 45 years the area has changed from rural farming community to an urban community. This created the need for a faster rescue response in the early 1980s. Greenwood added a first responder team to the company, which added a faster response for medical emergency calls. As the population grew and medical calls increased, the fire company added a transport ambulance to the fleet and the company was licensed as an advance life support provider with the Virginia Department of Emergency Medical Services.

Greenwood has a 75-foot Quint (pumper with ladder) pumper, brush truck and three ambulances today and 76 volunteers. Forty-eight volunteers will be remembered at the service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the fire station, 809 Greenwood Road, Winchester. We would like to invite everyone to come out to honor those who have passed on and to thank those who volunteer today.

Walt Cunningham,
Chairman, Memorial Service Committee
Greenwood Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Inc.