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Yorkville July 4 Celebration in Jeopardy As Firemen's Association Disbands

Fire department to host open meeting Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.

With the dissolving of the Bristol Kendall Firemen’s Association, fire officials are looking for a new organization to sponsor the July 4 celebration in Yorkville.

For the past 57 years the organization that once played an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the fire district has organized the annual Independence Day celebration. But with the changing times and the diminished role of the association, it became time to pass off the July 4 responsibilities to another group, said Bristol Kendall Fire Chief Michael Hitzemann.

“With so many of the training requirements our guys have to go through once a week, this is a burden we decided to let go,” Hitzemann said.

On Jan. 2 Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District members will hold an open meeting to discuss the future of the July 4 celebration. If a group steps up to take over, Hitzemann said they will have access to approximately $11,000 in a July 4 fund to host the next event and several members can serve in an advisory role. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m.

“If we can’t find anyone willing to take this over, we’ll likely do one last event, then that will be it,” Hitzemann said.

The Firemen’s Association annually raised approximately thousands of dollars through private donations to host the July 4 events, including fireworks. No tax dollars were used, he added.

The Jan. 2 meeting will be held at the Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District, Station 1, at 103 East Beaver St. in Yorkville.

Yorkvillian December 15, 2012 at 03:19 PM
As ex BKFD fire fighters my wife and I remember the months of planning and the late nights stuffing envelopes. Independants day started at 430 in the morning with breakfast and ran all day. The day ended after the fireworks donations were counted and dropped at the bank around midnight. It made for a very long day and a lot of great memories. Keep in mind no one got paid for the day. Even though it was over a 17 hour day.
Tim December 15, 2012 at 06:45 PM
In any other area, the Park District would handle this. Any other area than Yorkville, that is. A minority of outspoken residents are dismantling this town from within.

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