Public turns out to help fire company mark one year

Morris Fire Company Chief Robert Ebner, right, and Morris resident Jim Vanamburg during an open house celebration at the firehouse on Friday. BZ photos

The celebration was on Friday evening at the Morris firehouse as the Morris Fire Company celebrated its one-year anniversary with an open house.

A couple hundred residents joined the fire company for complimentary hot dogs, corn and ice cream, along with the music of a Beatles tribute band. Food was donated by the Barn Restaurant and Bar in East Morris and ice cream was provided by Kristen Worden, owner of Popey’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

The open house was the fire company’s way of thanking the public for its support the past year.

One year after it went into business following the dissolution of the Morris Volunteer Fire Department, the Morris Fire Company is strong and healthy under the leadership of its chief, Robert Ebner, and president, Michael Lauretano Jr. Membership in the company stands at 60, of which 39 are certified to fight fires. Another seven members are closing in on certification as emergency medical technicians.

What could be better than an ice cream cone from Popey’s on a summer night?

Popey’s owner Kristen Worden serves a cone to Clif Wheeler of Morris.

Corn and hot dogs made up the buffet line.