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Tradition continues for one Northwoods fire departmentSubmitted: 10/10/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson


THREE LAKES - Volunteer firefighters sacrifice their time and lives to keep us safe.

They also need the right equipment to keep them safe.

The Three Lakes Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary Board makes sure its firefighters have new and safe equipment.

The board started 21 years ago.

"It's a small group of us that gathered together to start this organization after two major fires on Main Street: The Chalet and the Loonary," says Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary Board member Del Gries.

Its first major event, Pumpkin Fest, outgrew its location the first year.

A craft sale, games, raffles, and the largest bake sale in the Northwoods draws thousands of people to the event each year.

Members of the board say it's easy to get people to help with the event once they hear it benefits the fire department.

"They will come from visiting family up here and call up and say, 'Can I help?' And so it's not just Three Lakes. It's people all over. We have 80 to 100 volunteers helping with selling the products."

The event raises more than $10,000 for the fire department.

The board bought a water tank to fight fires at lake homes and an ATV.

It also pays for new firefighters' training.

The board also supports local families that have lost their homes to fire.

If you want to help give back to the community, you can go to Pumpkin Fest this Saturday at Three Lakes High School.

It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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