Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fire House

The dedication of our new Fire House took place Sunday afternoon. A crowd of folks showed up to listen to a few short speeches (the best one was by our fire chief, Albert O'Neal -- "We couldn't have done this with you all. Thank you!"), and for the unveiling of the bronze dedication plaque. There was time to tour the facility...and to partake of homemade goodies. Here are a few photos.

Neighbors gather to listen to the Presentations

Many Folks arrived on Bikes

Tommy & Julia Hutcherson

The Dedication Plaque

Turn-out Gear

Our Shiny Red Firetrucks

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of traveling to the island on Frazier Peele's ferry in 1951. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous11:42 AM

    It is great to see the new station open and occupied. Thanks for sharing!

    The emergency response business on Ocracoke like just about everything else has always struck me as extremely unique.

    Almost all of your off island readers (myself included) live in a world of mutual aid agreements and automatic aid responses...whether we realize it or not. If more help is needed it for the most part it just keeps coming until the situation is under control.

    All of the island emergency services are on their own, with the next closest agencies at best a 40 minute ferry ride away.

    Of course Ocracoke is not a hotbed for large scale incidents...just one more thing that makes the area so much different from the rest of the world!

  2. Anonymous8:06 PM

    What a joy to see this new station open and dedicated. I especially enjoy the picture of Tommy and Julia. What a delightful family. We have grown to love them over the years as we visit the island on vacation. Wonderful people.

  3. Does this mean that bingo at the firehouse is a thing of the past?

    1. That's what I've heard...but things could change.