PLEASANT PLAINS TWP. -- The Pleasant Plains Township fire department enjoyed a great turnout at their open house on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Community members and county officials came out to congratulate the township on the new facility.

Pleasant Plains Township Supervisor Tammy Ghent thanked everyone for coming out and supporting the township and the fire department.

"We did this for our township, and we did this for our fire department," Ghent said. "When I am gone, and all of us are gone, this will still be here for you, and that's why we did it. We have the best fire department in the world, am I am so proud of what you have become."

Several in attendance were asked to give their remarks.

"The biggest thing I can say is, 'Congratulations,'" Senator Curt VanderWall said. "Your determination to put up a facility like this really means a lot for the township, the city of Baldwin and Lake County. Thank you to each of you who volunteer to protect us and keep us safe, and thank all of you for being here, and for all you do for the community."

Road Commission Board member Richard Runnels said the fire department has a beautiful facility that is really something to see.

"You've really done a great job here, and it's something to be really proud of," he said. "We will do everything we can to keep the roads in great shape so you guys can get to work."

"You started from zero, and you ended up with the best of the best," Lake County Commissioner Christine Balulis said. "Congratulations and keep working hard."

Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Braddy said the fire department is very proud of all the men and women who put in hours of work to get the department where it needs to be, and thanked the township board for going to bat for them.

"The township board has been wonderful through this, and now you have assets for your $100,000 plus a year you spend for fire protection," he said. "You have something to show for your money, something to be proud of for your township. That includes the new 3000 gallon pumper/tender truck that will serve the community for 20 plus years to come."

Braddy gave special thanks to several community members who went above and beyond to help the fire department come to fruition, including Mr. and Mrs. Duane Braddy who volunteered their pole barn to store the fire trucks during the construction process; Corey Miller who did the concrete work for the fire barn free of charge; Dan Beck who put in the well; and many others who contributed along the way.

During the open house, firefighters Donnie Buckner and Ginny Braddy were presented with a plaque and a commendation for the first life save for the Pleasant Plains Fire Department. The two performed CPR on a patient in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital.