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Golf tournament aids volunteer fire department

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The Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department (DOVFD) recently held their first golf tournament since 1992 when Double Oak Town Council member Tom Pidcock agreed to organize the event on behalf of the volunteers. 

Pidcock, a local real estate agent, teamed up with Gary Garrett and Director of Public Works, Charlie Wright, to assist in raising monies for equipment, gear, and EMS supplies for the 30 member volunteer force led by Chief Russell Mabra.

The tournament – dubbed the Second 1st Annual DOVFD Golf Open – was originally initiated by former Mayor, Jim Handzel, until he was relocated out of state by his employer, leaving the tradition dormant until being reinstated this year. 

With certified firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians, the DOVFD is able to address issues such as residential structure fires, medical emergencies, and assisting citizens after an accident or natural events, like a tornado.

“After last year’s tornado, we helped clear limbs from driveways, restored streets to safety, aided in traffic accidents and injuries as needed,” said Mark Manning, a certified firefighter member with the DOVFD.

The DOVFD includes some of the most qualified volunteers in North Texas, with equipment and experience rivaling some city fire departments.  The volunteers operate on a pager system, though they are proud of the centrally-located Double Oak Firehouse No.1 that houses two state-of-the-art engines equipped to fight either brush fires or structure fires.

“Raising this money is crucial to protecting the citizens of our local community and creating the opportunity for an expedient response time that can ultimately save a life,” said Pidcock.  “The volunteers who serve come from all walks of life and we are so proud of the work they are doing.” 

Pidcock said that the amount of money raised at the tournament was substantial, but he did not want to disclose it in the newspaper before telling the firefighters personally, which he plans to do soon.

Another DOVFD tradition will continue on Saturday, July 3, with the Fourth of July picnic and parade.  Those seeking membership as a volunteer may attend training provided every Tuesday night at the Double Oak Firehouse at 7:00 p.m. For more details, visit www.dovfd.org.

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