Who is the Hawthorne Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary?
The Hawthorne Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary was established in May 2001. When we started, our members consisted of wives, daughters, sisters, and girlfriends of the Hawthorne Volunteer Firefighters. We held our first meeting on May 3, 2001. These ladies represented the five fire companies we have in the borough. Of the original members, our senior members with us today are Julie Hill, Staci Speranza, Sharon Bakker, Lisa Bakker, Mary Van Ek, Ella Snyder, Krystle Hughes, Shirley Geier, and Lori Walker. Our first President was Staci Speranza and the first by-laws were presented and adopted on May 3, 2001. In January 2005 we opened membership to any Hawthorne resident.
The Ladies Auxiliary has many functions that aid our volunteer firefighters. We respond to fire calls to provide our firefighters with the liquids and nourishment needed to help maintain their strength and stamina while they perform the difficult and dangerous duties of firefighting. We also assist our firefighters, the department, and our community in anyway we can whether it be helping at fire scenes, raising funds for any equipment that they wish to have, or helping with community events. We also have come to the aid of many of our surrounding town’s fire departments as well when they have called upon us for assistance.
Unfortunately, there is not enough funding to obtain some essentials, so we hold several fundraisers each year. The money raised is used to help our firefighters and our organization obtain some of the essential and important equipment that is vital to effective firefighting in today’s day and age. Our firefighters are required to be rehabilitated at the scene after they have performed their tasks. The Ladies Auxiliary provides and must replenish the necessary items to ensure that they are properly rehabbed before they leave the scene. Like our firefighters, the Ladies Auxiliary is ready to respond to the call when our assistance is needed.
The Ladies Auxiliary holds a meeting once a month on the first Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Fire Headquarters (Rescue 5, 818 Lafayette Ave.).
There are a few ways you can become a member of our organization. There is Active membership, Social Membership, and Junior Membership. We developed these so that it may fit into anyone’s life style who wants to give back to their community and at the same time have the flexibility to meet the needs of their everyday life.
If you are interested in joining our organization, helping your volunteer firefighters, and giving back to your community, please E-mail us at [email protected]. We would love to hear from you. Thank you for your interest in our organization!