After 61 years and a coveted ISO 4 rating, Providence Volunteer Fire Department went out on its last call a few minutes before midnight Tuesday.
A hundred or more supporters, neighbors and fellow firefighters met in the Hemby Road station late that evening for closing ceremonies. Last week a judge ordered Providence out of the station before July 29. Weddington residents talked about their outrage, campaign promises new and old and legal action. PVFD fire fighters showed real grief as their last moments of employment with the department hurried along.
Chief Kenny Schott was absent from the activity in the department’s main bay for most of the evening. He was pacing around while on his cell phone or standing away from the crowds to smoke a morale-boosting cigarette.
PVFD board members Jack Parks, John Houston and Scott Robinson greeted people as they arrived. Their brief smiles faded into a concerned frown when asked what was next for the department. (continued)
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