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North Halifax prepares for annual Marathon

North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual marathon on Saturday at its station on Leda-Grove Road in Nathalie.

Fire Chief Ronnie Waller encourages the public to come out and support the local fire department on a day featuring numerous activities for young and old alike.

Several scheduled activities for the children include a kiddie train, face painting, inflatables and other various activities.

On display throughout the marathon will be the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department drug prevention exhibit, displays from Volens Family Practice — Southern Virginia Orthopedics — Halifax Urology Associates and free cholesterol and blood pressure checks provided by Halifax Regional Hospital.

Music and entertainment has been scheduled throughout the day, and antique cars, crafters and vendors will be on hand at this year’s event.

Centra One’s helicopter is scheduled to arrive sometime during the day as well, Chief Waller said. 

“And, as always, we will have a beautiful handmade “Double Wedding Ring” quilt to raffle that day,” he said.

Plenty of good food will be available with lunch starting at 11 a.m. and served all day until 7 p.m.

This year’s menu includes barbecue pork or fried chicken with slaw, baked beans and a roll, hotdogs with all the fixings, homemade pies and desserts and homemade Brunswick stew.

“If you can’t come out in person, phone in your pledge at 349-3500 or mail in your donation,” Waller said. “WKDE Radio FM 105.5 will be at the marathon broadcasting live for us that day.”

Waller urged the public to support the local fire department that serves the area in which they live. 

“You depend on your local department for fire protection, and they depend on your support each year,” the fire chief added.

North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department has been granted an expanded service area for providing emergency medical services, according to Waller who noted the department is now able to transport patients to area hospitals. 

“In the case that you need an ambulance, North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department’s coverage area now extends from the Staunton River at Brookneal, southward all the way to the 5,000 block of L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway, five miles north of Halifax. It also covers eastward to the Lennig area and westward to the Pittsylvania County line. We are asking for your support in order to offer emergency medical services to our neighbors quickly and efficiently,” Waller said.

North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department has two fully equipped ambulances. Five full-time emergency medical technicians (EMT) are on duty to provide medical help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The department has approximately 30 volunteer drivers and emergency medical technicians (EMT) to provide assistance as needed.

“Our new building has given the department members, ladies auxiliary and quilting ladies a more spacious place that we can all be proud of,” Waller said.

“We hope everyone is satisfied with the community fire department and how it is used to better serve you when we are needed,” he added.

“The helipad allows members of our community to have the availability of immediate emergency care,” Waller added. “North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department is striving to offer the best fire and emergency medical service we can for each person in the community.”

Waller urged residents to make sure they have address numbers posted at their driveways that are large enough to be read by passing vehicles.

 “If we are called to your home, we want to be able to find your residence quickly,” the fire chief said. 

“We appreciate your support in the past, and we depend on your financial contributions to help with routine day to day operations,” Waller said, adding, “We hope to see you on Saturday. Come and spend the day with us.”