SUGAR GROVE — Cove Creek Volunteer Fire Department and the Cove Creek Community came together June 22 at Cove Creek Elementary School to celebrate 50 years of common goals and achievement.

In June 1968, the Cove Creek Store owned by Dennis and Glenda Trivette burned, which prompted a meeting in the fall of 1968 where many men who were willing to serve on the fire department were recruited. Those early years were characterized by old equipment, limited turnout gear and camaraderie among very brave and willing men.

The Cove Creek Volunteer Fire Department was officially chartered in January of 1969. Brown’s Garage was used to house their two pieces of equipment — an old Mack truck purchased for $4,000 and a Jeep-like truck purchased for $1 from Boone Fire.

The Mountaineer Ruritan Club also played a key role in the beginning of CCVD by helping to raise money to buy land for a building. Then, when the fire department moved to a bigger space on Smith Street, the building was given back to the Mountaineer Ruritan Club, which uses it for their meeting place and for the famous monthly fish fry.

During the years, numerous men and women have served the department faithfully — some for a short time and some for much longer. Each one was appreciated by the department.

“Thank you to all who have served. We thank you for your service. We hope that CCVFD can continue to serve the community,” said Chief Terry Combs to all in attendance at the celebratory event.

This event was catered by local businesses, and for the enjoyment of both children and adults, including an inflatable slide.

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