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Clearfield Vol. Fire Department honors fellow members' service

By: Lauren Hensley

CLEARFIELD, Pa. -- The Clearfield community gathered Sunday to honor the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the community. When others rush out, they rush in. They put their lives on the line to protect people from danger. This is why firefighters with the Clearfield Volunteer Fire Department are being honored at the Trinity United Methodist Church Sunday.

"I am very grateful to firefighters," Pastor Penney Rahm said. "This church in December of 1968 burned to the ground right where we stand and some of the firefighters who were here today put out that fire, so there is a real connection with this church and this community."

Both active member and retired firefighters gathered side by side with community members to take a moment to reflect upon just how dangerous the job is.

"All the work and service sometimes goes unnoticed, unintentionally," Clearfield Volunteer Fire Department chaplain Jim Whited said. "So it's an opportunity for us to honor those who has severed in the past and allows the community to take part in it. We alternate from church to church in Clearfield with our service."

Whited has been a firefighter for decades and said hosting a memorial service has been a tradition in Clearfield ever since he joined. The service is always held on the Sunday closest to Ben Franklin's birthday because he formed the first volunteer fire company.

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Edgar Snyder

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