Auxiliary member says 'We do whatever is needed'

December 13, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN - Della Conrad has some advice for anyone living in the Funkstown area who wants to get involved in something worthwhile.

"Join the auxiliary of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Company - it's great," she said, adding that the members aren't all wives of firefighters like one might expect.

A resident of Funkstown for 36 years, Conrad said she was first introduced to the auxiliary by Marsha Dieterich, the current president of the organization.


"She got me involved and then I pulled my husband, Terry, in," Della Conrad said. "He's the only man in the group but he doesn't mind."

In fact, Terry Conrad is known for his expertise in making french fries when the auxiliary is cooking for company or public events.

Just last Friday, the auxiliary cooked a meal during the Funkstown Old Tyme Christmas celebration. All the proceeds benefit the fire company, Conrad said.

From 5 to 8 p.m., the public was served a hot roast beef sandwich with gravy and french fries for $6. Hot dogs ($1.50) and homemade apple dumplings ($2.50) were also available.

Della Conrad smiled when she talked about making apple dumplings for these events. "Marsha and I would often start making them after our traditional Thursday night bingo nights," she said.

After the fire hall was cleaned up and everything was put away from bingo, Marsha and Della would start the dumplings. "We would usually get home around 2 in the morning," Della Conrad said.

Still all that was worth the trouble since Della Conrad said the fire company members always appreciated their time and efforts.

The Dec. 9 meal was served in the fire hall at 2 S. Westside Ave., Funkstown, although arrangements were made for carryout service.

Back in October during fire prevention week, the auxiliary held an open house with food - of course - and face painting for the children.

"We have the best time doing these things for the fire company," Della Conrad said. "And it's giving back to the community we live in."

There are seven or eight active auxiliary members and more are always needed, Della Conrad said.

Most are spouses of firefighters but some aren't. "Our kids all went to school together so we know each other," she said.

In addition to some bingo and meals, the auxiliary members respond to major fires and incidents with coffee, beverages and food for the firefighters. At a recent re-enactment, the group provided the food for the participants.

"We do whatever is needed," she said.

Anyone interested in joining the auxiliary should call 301-791-6421.

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