Letters to the Pilot

Tuesday, June 24, 2003


Your turn to help the firefighters


The Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters is made up of a wide variety of people that are your neighbors, friends and/or relatives. We could be your pharmacist, electrician, plumber, carpenter, delivery person, mechanic or work at any other job for our livelihood. But we are also YOUR Volunteer Firefighters. In the past year, the fire department has responded to approximately 200 fire calls, as well as attending once a week training exercises or service duty. We may be called out to assist you at anytime of the day or night. When your call does come - during a family meal, on a weekend, school event or special holiday - we come to your aid without hesitation. It is what we are trained to do and we do it without question.

In years past, the Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters have spent many extra hours going door-to-door selling dance tickets to raise needed money. In 2001 instead of a dance, we sent letters asking Storm Lake residents to send their donations directly to the Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters. Due to the success of our letter writing campaign, we are asking you to do the same this year.

These donations are used to purchase dress uniforms, fire prevention materials for elementary students, smoke detectors for the elderly, grave markers and flowers for deceased firefighters of Storm Lake, and firefighter dues for statewide convention. Also your donation may be used to help purchase new furniture or appliances for the fire department, pay annual dues to the Iowa Fire Association and provide a monthly subscription to the Smoke Eater magazine. Some of the proceeds from last year's fundraiser allowed the firefighters to donate funds toward the purchase of a thermal imaging camera. This donation combined with donations from local business allowed us to purchase this equipment without the use of taxpayer funds.

The Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters sincerely thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you in the future!

Donations may be sent to: Storm Lake Volunteer Firefighters, 820 Oneida Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588.

Storm Lake

Volunteer Firefighters

Alta pride at work - at play


A few weeks ago your paper reported on the Alta High School National Honor Society and their community service project which was to maintain the Altagether Playground.

As a former Altagether Playground committee member, I would like to thank and commend these students for the great job they did. Every year we try to get volunteers together to reapply sealant to keep this great structure in good condition. This year the National Honor Society students stepped forward. Even with a few rain delays their advisor, Mr. Curbow, and the students worked very hard to complete a much needed community service project. Many of these same students helped to build this playground.

Our community should be proud that these teenagers are a part of our school and an asset to our community. Thanks again, Mr. Curbow, and the National Honor Society members for stepping in and accomplishing this task.

Carol Lichtenberg,