Governor visits John’s cabin to thank volunteer firefighters for their service during the pandemic


Governor Larry Hogan examines a Halligan firefighting tool given to him during his visit to the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday. Chief Corinne Piccardi, right, gave Hogan an honorary member of the department.

Governor Larry Hogan visited the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday to thank and deliver a citation from the Governor.

Hogan said he wanted to honor the department’s staff and volunteers for their service and dedication for nearly 18 months in a global pandemic.

“I know it takes a lot of dedication for you to come here and do whatever you do to keep people safe,” he said. “We have an amazing volunteer fire department. It’s amazing that you were able to keep running every shift and without getting distracted by COVID like so many other people have. “

Hogan took a tour of the fire hall and checked out the antique 1930s fire truck and ambulances. He saw the department’s newest addition: a state-of-the-art white and blue fire truck.

The new engine was dedicated to James “Jim” Seavey, a former chief who led the department for over 25 years. He passed away in September 2018.

The white and blue engine, purchased in 2020, cost the ministry $ 750,000.

“For a volunteer firefighting company, this is a huge change,” said Chief Corinne Piccardi, the first female volunteer fire chief in Montgomery County.

A combination of community fundraising and Maryland 508 fundraising covered the cost of the new engine.

Maryland 508 Funding refers to a bill that was passed to financially assist Maryland fire, rescue and emergency services.

Piccardi said the red fire trucks normally seen on the streets are funded by Montgomery County and paid for with county taxes. The White and Blue Cabin John fire trucks from the Volunteer Fire Department belong to the service.

Piccardi hopes that one day all the engines and devices in the department will be white and blue.

Governor Larry Hogan visited the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday. (photo from Hogan’s office)

This year, the ministry received $ 9,000 in COVID-19 relief funds.

Volunteer firefighters rely on fundraising. In a normal year, the fire department would host birthday parties and other fundraising events and activities, but this was not possible due to COVID-19.

During the visit, Hogan went for a ride on the new engine. Subsequently, Piccardi appointed Hogan an honorary member of the department.

“Wow, it’s an honor! They saw how good I was on this engine, ”Hogan joked.

Hogan’s visit and recognition of the department’s work during the pandemic were especially important as some volunteer members had friends and family who were ill or died from COVID-19.

Yet the members have come to train and serve.

“We have 16-year-olds who came in during the pandemic and are now making their way through the system, and phenomenal youth,” Piccardi said. “As well as our other members, [who] have appeared on every shift during a pandemic. It’s huge to have the governor here to recognize this commitment.


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