Congratulations to this week's Hometown Heroes: The Springville Volunteer Fire Company. Here is their story:

The Springville Volunteer Fire Department is a local fire company that always goes above and beyond for the local community and the citizens in its care. SFD was founded in 1882 and has 39 members, 12 of which are EMT's - they respond to hundreds of fire, accident and EMS calls each year with compassion and professionalism. They dedicate hundreds of hours, have countless training sessions, attend scores of meetings and plan fundraisers - they miss time from their families and give back at every opportunity!

Recently, one of their own, 1st Asst. Chief, Jim Oatman (a 37 year volunteer with the company) passed away from cancer. During this time, the men and women from SFD visited him at home, stood outside his hospital room and supported his family during this entire ordeal with love and devotion. This overwhelming support helped us get through a very difficult time and we appreciated their heartfelt tribute. The department brought their rescue truck to the funeral home, and escorted him to the church and cemetery services with honor, respect and reverence for their Chief. They produced a video, gave his eulogy, had an amazing service attended by scores of tearful local firefighters and provided a lunch on his behalf.

We often think of firemen as those burly guys with thick mustaches from New York City and 911, but this group of volunteers and friends are every bit as professional and caring - they are ALL truly very special brothers and share an enormous bond of Pride and Commitment. The family of Jim Oatman would like to extend our heartfelt "Thanks" and prayers to keep each of them safe in their continuous service as Outstanding Firemen and Friends. Every fireman (volunteer or paid) deserves our deepest Gratitude and Respect.

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