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Congressman Alex Mooney visits Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department

The Weston Democrat

Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department personnel received a visit from Congressman Alex Mooney (R-2nd District) on Saturday, March 13. Mooney recently drafted a letter of support to accompany a grant application written by JLVFD Engineer Edsel Smith. If awarded, the funds will be used to purchase a new rescue engine, replacing two trucks currently in the department’s inventory.

“We appreciate Congressman Mooney for his help in applying for this grant,” JLVFD Chief Mitch Oldaker said.

Smith gave Mooney a tour of the department, explaining how the department operated as a non-profit, and the different types of apparatus and equipment they use and maintain.

Recognizing the need for more volunteers in fire service, Mooney commended personnel for their dedication.

“I applaud you for that service,” he said.

New volunteer member, Jason Fay, who was present for the event, recently completed Firefighter I, and will be taking Firefighter II at the end of March. A Department of Justice Program Analyst, he said he had wanted to volunteer for a long time.

“I always wanted to be a volunteer firefighter,” he said, with Oldaker adding that Fay has proven to be an asset to the department.

Mooney presented the department with an American flag, which flew over the nation’s Capitol. He also presented Oldaker with a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his years of service to the JLVFD.

Oldaker said they are hopeful the grant will be awarded, especially after suffering losses in funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed that being able to purchase the new apparatus will be a boon to the community they serve.

“It will not only be a benefit to the department, but to the community as a whole,” he said.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with JLVFD, or any other volunteer fire department, contact a volunteer or call that respective station.