A significant local anniversary should serve as a significant reminder that the safety of our communities are ever dependent upon the generous sharing of time and experience from our friends and neighbors.

Cove Creek Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating 50 years this year as a life- and property-saving organization.

As for those five decades, CCVFD began much as did the many other volunteer fire departments in the High Country — through an unfulfilled need for protection.

In Cove Creek, the inspiration behind the department was the burning of the Cove Creek Store and the realization that the nearest fire fighters to what many considered as the heart of the community were in Boone. The store burnt down in 1968.

Through tenacious fundraising — again, a commonality among our VFDs — by local volunteers, Cove Creek was able to take its first steps toward protecting its own and assisting its neighbors. Now, funded not only by donations but a fire tax, the department boasts certified firefighters, rescue personnel, forest wardens and EMTs who are called upon, on the average, about 400 times per year.

One thing that hasn’t changed in that half-century for Cove Creek and every other local VFD is the efforts of those who save and protect — too often unnoticed.

Today, we take notice of all of our fire and rescue personnel, unpaid or full-time. Because they typically work in anonymity until we need them, let this be our thank you for a continuous job well done.

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