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Book Lovers meet at fire station, support toy drive

By Susie Hovater Malone

For its November meeting, the GFWC Book Lovers Study Club celebrated everyday heroes by supporting the Russellville Fire Department’s annual Christmas toy drive.

The meeting was held at the Russellville Fire Department Station, with fire marshal Justin Green presenting the program. He talked about the duties of a firefighter and the many hours of training that are required. According to Green, “The job is challenging but rewarding, as saving lives and protecting property is of utmost importance for our community.”

A firefighter is a responsible and brave professional who is well-trained in dealing with emergencies and enduring difficult situations. Calmness and patience when dealing with adversities are the most important qualities. Good communication skills and a compassionate personality are important as well.

The most important duties and responsibilities of a firefighter are being able to put out fires, helping the injured and keeping people safe in emergency situations.

Following the program, members were given a tour of the fire department facilities.  Russellville has one of the best fire departments in the state of Alabama. The firefighters serve our community in many different ways, such as teaching safety awareness to the school children, assisting with veterans and fallen firefighter funerals, helping paramedics with the sick and shut-ins and many other services.

Members donated toys and treats to support the firefighters toy collection project for our community.

Hostesses for the meeting were Anna Carol Porter and Carolyn Porter.

A report on the Walk to Wellness/Breast Cancer Awareness was given. More than $3,000 was raised, which will be presented to the Russellville Hospital to be used to assist local cancer patients.

Three new members were approved: Jocelyn Bowen, Debra Spillers and Ginger Saylor.