LOCK HAVEN- Citizens Hose Co. on Bellfonte Avenue is observing its 100th year as a cornerstone of fire protection and prevention in the city and beyond.
In recognition of that, Lock Haven University this week recognized Citizens for its service to area communities and the campus.
University President Dr. Keith Miller put Citizens Hose in the spotlight at the university's Founder's Day Convocation on Tuesday, presenting the institution with the school's 12th annual President's Campus-Community Service Award.
LHU President Keith Miller presents the Campus/Community Service Award to Julie Sanders, representing the Citizen’s Hose Fire Company #5, Lock Haven.
The award is presented to an individual, group of individuals, or business that has done something significant that directly impacts the community and the university in a positive way.
In announcing this year's recipient, Miller said, "Citizen's Hose Fire Co. No. 5 is celebrating its 100th anniversary of providing exceptional service to the citizens of Clinton County. A staff of 40 highly-trained volunteer firefighters continually keeps our neighborhoods safe."
Miller also recognized Citizens Hose, located at 415 Bellefonte Ave., for providing emergency services at LHU's football games, concerts and graduations; for providing scholarships to high school students; for teaching fire safety, and for being involved in many local events.
This record of service, said Miller, "is more than commendable."
Julie Sanders, president of Citizens Hose, accepted the award on behalf of the entire fire company, pledging that the organization of volunteers "will continue to serve the Lock Haven community for the next 100 years."
Clinton County has 19 volunteer fire departments that respond to 911 calls.
With the exception of the three paid drivers from the Lock Haven City Fire Departments, all responders are volunteer.
The volunteers give of their time to respond to calls when there is a cry for help. They attend training, hold fundraisers and maintain equipment to ensure that, when there is a call for help, help arrives.
The men and women risk their own lives to save and protect the lives and property of their neighbors.