Bethlehem Fair crowd donates to Morris volunteer firefighters

Firefighter Tom Weik chats with a donor who stopped in front of the Morris firehouse.

MORRIS — The Morris Fire Company was anticipating encouragement by local residents when they held a bucket collection on Sept. 7 and 8, and were delighted to be supported as well by out-of-towners who were traveling to the Bethlehem fairgrounds. Morris Volunteer Fire Company members were standing at the four corners by the town hall, and in the middle of South Street in front of the firehouse, as constant traffic whizzed by, often stopping to drop off a contribution in the bucket.

The Morris Fire Company celebrated its first anniversary just two months ago, which was quickly followed by eight members receiving FF1 certification and four other members who passed exterior courses. On hand for the occasion were State Fire Administrator Jeffrey Morrissette, and William Higgins, the Connecticut Fire Academy Training Director, who congratulated the Fire Company on its accomplishments.

Morris Fire Company President Michael Lauretano said, “We don’t have the collection total yet, but we try to raise between $4,000 to $5,000 on a bucket collection weekend. We are very grateful for all the donations and support for our volunteers.”

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