Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department’s new line of officers.

Photo: Richard Burrell

The volunteer firefighter, and volunteerism in general, is a sadly dying breed these days. These are people who are willing to be on call at all times of the day for no compensation or reward other than the satisfaction of knowing they may have made a difference in someone’s life. Fortunately, volunteerism in Westmoreland County is still supported enthusiastically, and at the start of the year, many of these volunteer fire departments have a banquet where new volunteers are brought into the fold, awards are handed out, and delicious food is enjoyed by all.

Oak Grove’s Volunteer Fire Department had such a shindig the first week of this month, and when last Saturday rolled in, it was the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department’s turn to feast.