|Rita Dunn, Jenny Stefanoff, Tammy Boyack, and Brenda Peczuh display the quilts which will be donated to the University of Utah's burn center. The donation of 125 quilts will be made by the Price City Fire department during an annual fire fighters convention. The quilts which were made by local women exceded the amount donated by the entire state last year.|
This past year, fire fighters across America lost more of their brothers and sisters than at any other time in history, largely due to what happened on 9-11.
The event that is burned in all our memories, also advanced the stature of fire fighters, emergency responders and police officers in almost everyones minds. They are the new American ideal for heroes.
This weekend, a large number of those heroes will be coming to Price. The Utah State Firemens Association will be holding it's 94th annual conference at Carbon High School and over 500 people from all over the state will attend the event.
The conference will include numerous training sessions and a number of business meetings concerning the association.
The meeting will be keynoted by Jeff Johnson, a fire chief from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, the largest fire district in Oregon. His department has 370 fire fighters, augmented by 100 volunteers. Johnson is also the author of two books on fire department administration and is the president of the board of directors of the Oregon Fire Chief's Association.
In conjunction with the convention, the Price Fire Department will be donating 125 quilts to the University of Utah burn center that were made by local women, some of which belong to the fire auxiliary in the area. Last year the whole state only contributed 99 quilts.
The making of the quilts was a massive effort by a number of organizations including the housing authority, Carbon County dispatch, youth corrections, some LDS wards, the fire department and several private citizens.