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June 28, 2018 Firefighters will lead Wellman 4th parade
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It has been a good year for the Wellman Fire Department, and it continues to get better.

In addition to celebrating its 125th anniversary, the members of the fire department are proud to serve as the grand marshal this year for the Fourth of July parade.

Usually, the grand marshal would be riding in the back of a car during the parade. However, in this special occasion, the whole fire department will be riding together on a float along with past members.

Jeremy Peck, who has been Wellman’s fire chief for the past 10 years, said that it is a huge honor for the department to serve as grand marshal for the parade this year. Being chosen makes their anniversary even more important.

A group of Wellman residents, including Shawn Powell, choose who will be grand marshal each year.

“We look for people or groups who volunteer and give back,” Powell said.

He added that it was easy for the group to choose the grand marshal this year because the fire department was already celebrating its anniversary, and they fit all of the requirements to be a grand marshal.

Powell said that the fire department is always helping out and is always there for the community. He is happy that the department has been around for 125 years and is always giving back to others.

Picking the fire department as grand marshal is the group’s way of saying thanks for everything they have done for the community, according to Powell.

As for the anniversary, Peck said that the department has been around for such a long time, but he is looking forward to the future.

“I look forward to growing and doing a good job in the years to come,” he said.

The department plans to hire more people in the future so that it can expand as well. Peck believes that this is a great time for them to celebrate all they have accomplished, which is why they decided to invite as many people as they could to join their float for the parade.

The members of the fire department could not be happier and plan to celebrate with their community on Wednesday, July 4, in Wellman. The fire department will also be having an open house at the fire station after the parade.

A kiddie parade will be at 9:30 a.m., with the main parade right after it.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Heritage Museum will be open for tours.

At 1 p.m., there will be many events for people to attend including basketball, pony rides, food vendors and bingo.

There will be music in the bandshell starting around 6:30 p.m.

To top everything off, there will be a fireworks show at dusk thanks to the fire department.

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