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A toast to Fort Allen Volunteer Fire Company

| Sunday, June 10, 2018, 11:07 p.m.
Representing more than 40 years of leadership at the Fort Allen Volunteer Fire Company, Neil Kush, left, chief since 2001, poses on May 30, 2018, by the company's heavy rescue truck, with First Deputy Chief Bob Cammarata. Cammarata previously served 25 years as chief.
Jeff Himler | Tribune-Review
Representing more than 40 years of leadership at the Fort Allen Volunteer Fire Company, Neil Kush, left, chief since 2001, poses on May 30, 2018, by the company's heavy rescue truck, with First Deputy Chief Bob Cammarata. Cammarata previously served 25 years as chief.

Half of a century is a mighty long time.

A lot of history and growth can be packed into those five decades. And it should be celebrated.

That's just part of what the Fort Allen Volunteer Fire Company in Hempfield, Westmoreland County's largest municipality, just did.

The 46-member group has grown from putting out barn fires to being one of the mainstays called to accidents on Interstate 70.

Fort Allen is celebrating 50 years and along with that, they hosted the Westmoreland County Firemen's Association Convention, which ended Sunday. That's fitting because volunteerism and particularly volunteer firefighters are the backbone of our communities.

So while celebrating Fort Allen's half-decade, let's raise a toast to volunteer firefighters throughout all of our communities.

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