Firefighters Unite To Stand Up To Cancer


The firefighters of the Hellsgate Fire Department decided to share their baldness with Jessica Barnett, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Pictured are: Chief Gary Hatch, Jeff Plante, Nick DeGroot, Dale Hayes, Ben Doss, Jessica Barnett, Chris Lecher, Thorry Smith, John Ceja and Angie Lecher.

The firefighters of the Hellsgate Fire Department decided to share their baldness with Jessica Barnett, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Pictured are: Chief Gary Hatch, Jeff Plante, Nick DeGroot, Dale Hayes, Ben Doss, Jessica Barnett, Chris Lecher, Thorry Smith, John Ceja and Angie Lecher.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to show that the Hellsgate Fire Department is in total support of the event, the firefighters will be wearing pink awareness duty shirts.

Jessica Barnett started to go through the fireman I and II classes to become a firefighter with the Hellsgate Fire Department when she discovered that she had breast cancer. The department is in full support of Jessica and she will eventually become what she desires; to become a full-fledged firefighter with the Hellsgate Fire Department.

On a personal note, my aunt on my mother’s side (her sister), had breast cancer and had to have a radical mastectomy. Since that time I have made sure that I had a breast exam and mammogram every year. I urge all women to get that taken care of during the month of October.

Brush pickup

The fire department is still working on picking up all the brush that was accumulated this past summer. Anyone who had their brush pickup forms issued before Aug. 31, will have the brush picked up, but there will be a delay. The bobcat has had a breakdown and is now being repaired. So, there will be a delay in the pickups and the crew will be there to haul it all away, just a little later than expected.

Smoke alarms

This coming month may also be a good time to change your batteries in your smoke alarms in every room of your home before they start ‘beeping’ at you. The winter season is almost here and with that, the wood stoves will be fired up and the danger of chimney fires, etc. are accelerated.

Batteries can go bad after a few months, so check yours now before the smoke alarms start up. A couple who shall remain nameless, had quite an experience with the smoke alarms going off just before bedtime.

Unfortunately, they had high ceilings and a ladder was needed to reach the smoke alarm. The ladder was in the basement. The husband went outside to open the basement door when a skunk appeared and sprayed the husband. They were both surprised by one another.

The husband proceeded to get out of his clothes before he reached the inside of his home, so he was peeling off his clothes when a car passed by at 10 o’clock at night! In Bear Flat. What are the chances of that happening? Not only did the car pass one time, but twice, turning around. The moral of the story is: check your smoke alarm batteries before they go off late at night and you get caught with your pants down!

Local events

A benefit quad ride will be held this Saturday, Sept. 24, to help the building fund for the Payson Community Kids. The ride will start at the Spur Bar in Star Valley at 10 a.m. The sign-up fee is $25. The ride will be from the Spur Bar through Paiute Draw to the Double D Restaurant and Bar in Tonto Village. For more details, call either 478-4332 or 472-7787.

Another event will be the Modified Motorcycle Association holding a rally at the Creekside Restaurant in Christopher Creek starting on Friday afternoon, Sept. 23, at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24. For more information on this event, phone 478-4389. Motorcycles from all over the United States will be attending.

Double D happenings

Quarter games were held last Tuesday evening on the pool tables, which is another name for rotation nine-ball. No winners were announced.

Something new has been added at the restaurant. A 10 percent discount will be in effect for the local residents and senior citizens in the area on anything on the menu. Give it a try, you may be pleasantly surprised by the variety of food that you can order.

Birthdays

Hellsgate Fire Chief Gary Hatch will celebrate his birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Pleasant thoughts are sent your way with a heartfelt wish for a happy day.

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