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Legends of Loudoun County F/R

The Legends of Loudoun Fire & Rescue

Old Timers Breakfast - 2002

On Monday, December 23rd, 2002, the career staff and volunteers from the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company [Fire stations 1/20] hosted a breakfast for a crowd of Loudoun County firefighting Legends, that had a combined totaled of more than 1000 years of fire service experience to Loudoun County! 

The "Old Timers Breakfast" as it was billed, drew thirty-two current and former Loudoun County volunteer and career firefighters dating as far back as 52 years.

The idea for the breakfast resulted from a conversation between career Firefighter Ray Muth, Jr. and Captain Dale Hetherington, both second-generation Loudoun County firefighters and volunteers.  "We wanted to recognize the efforts and dedication that these men contributed to building the department.  Additionally, we felt that it's important for the new members in the system to see the efforts that have gone before them", said Muth.  According to Hetherington, "some of the most valuable information that I have gained has been the result of listening to the older guys while sitting around the kitchen table at the firehouse, these guys have knowledge to pass on and it's important that the history of the system is remembered.

Hetherington and Muth invited their fathers, Hetherington and Ray Muth, many longtime friends, and it grew from there.  With the assistance of Leesburg Volunteer Captain Marty Mantell and former Fire Chiefs J.B. Anderson and Terry Frye, the invitations went out via telephone and the "fire-rescue grapevine".  Stories of past fires filled the Plaza Street firehouse and many brother firefighters rekindled old friendships.  Before departing there was talk of making this an annual event, "We're sure that we missed some people that deserve to be recognized for their contributions and we apologize for that, next year we'll get the word out earlier and hope to have 2000 years of service in attendance."

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