WOODBURY CT – Residents of Pomperaug Road may have been alarmed to see the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department’s Engine 4 roll down its narrow street early Saturday evening, escorted by the department’s commander’s truck.
But there was no emergency, except maybe a few hungry bellies.
Engine 4 was there to pick up William Dykty, one of the two winners of the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department’s Red Raffle fundraiser, and three of his five guests for dinner with the firefighters at the Orenaug Station.
After a prime rib dinner prepared by Orenaug Station Lieutenant Mark Mastrangelo, a noted local chef, Dykty and his five guests were given a tour of the firehouse and demonstrations of how the various trucks and equipment work.
Firefighters acted as wait staff, served the meal, poured fine wine or beer, and joined the winners at the table. Fire Chief Janet Morgan was the host for the evening, discussed what it takes for residents to become volunteer firefighters, and explained that the The firemen themselves had to abstain from drinking due to preparedness for any emergency call-out.
The raffle was part of the yearly Woodbury Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival the last weekend in August. More that 400 of the red tickets were sold, and that money will go toward firefighters’ expenses and purchases not covered in the town budget.
The second winner, David Ring, was unable to attend the dinner, and Morgan said other arrangements are being made to accommodate him.
Just Woodbury’s photo gallery of the event follows:
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