Celebrating South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Co.'s 100th anniversary

| Friday, July 18, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

Happy birthday, South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company.

This week, the Fayette County firefighters celebrated their department's centennial in a big way — by hosting the annual Fayette County Firemen's Convention.

Firemen from throughout the county visited the small borough to help the fire department celebrate this occasion. The event had been planned for some time. And the volunteers' determination to make it memorable has paid off.

“Service to the public was our priority, that's why SCVFC has lasted, I believe,” says volunteer Don Banks.

The department is an important part of the South Connellsville community. And its volunteers are active in the borough above and beyond responding to fire calls.

No doubt there have been good times, and bad, throughout the fire company's 100 years. Like most small fire departments, it has endured funding cuts, various equipment needs, manpower issues and more. But it has survived — through the support of the borough as well as South Connellsville residents.

Today is the last day of the celebration. We encourage residents — locally and from throughout the county — to head over to South Connellsville and show their support. A fire department doesn't turn 100 every day.

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