August 31st was a big day for the Kramer house. The local firemen were having a “Years of Service Recognition” and they invited our family to come.
They really hadn’t done this before so we didn’t know what was up. Many of the firemen have many years of service. I don’t remember how many years each of the men…Here’s the current chief Jamie with over 20 years of service.
Our past chief Dave with over 40. WOW!
Then our family was called up to receive an award for Kramer’s years of service. They also gave us a marker for his grave with the Maltese Cross. It was really special to us all. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again….these guys have been awesome to our family from the first time we met them to today when Kramer is no longer on the department because he passed away. Our family couldn’t be more thankful.
I didn’t get a picture of us all…I wished I would have.
After the ceremony, we came back to the house. Kalissa and Craig stayed as many of the firemen were mingling. We were invited to stay too but the little ones weren’t good at mingling.
Buck brought the generator to my house. It’s the one he used during the storm. He gave Karl a lesson on how to use it.
The kids played outside…here is Scotty….
These two had us hopping. Oh, they are a busy age. It took three of us adults to keep up with them.
That evening Kalissa and Craig came back along with Carver. One of my childcare families came too and we were entertained by a “parade of lights”. The area fire trucks drive through town with lights one time and lights with sirens the second time. It was fun for the kids…us adults too.
It was a happy day we all appreciated. Then imagine our surprise when a couple of days later the local newspaper came. Frontpage..there was the picture I was hoping to have.
It was so sweet for the firemen to include Kramer and all of us in their days and such an honor that the newspaper included it too.
This was a good day.