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Volunteer Firefighters Hold Annual Fundraiser

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When you think about retiring, you may envision lots of free time… maybe mowing the lawn, playing some golf, and fighting fires?

That’s correct.

The men in Lesslie are retired and volunteer as firefighters.

“I think our oldest member is now 80 years-old and still active,” said Lesslie Fire Department Secretary of Treasury George Schwab. “We have another member that is 77 now and I’m 74.”

The Lesslie Fire Department runs completely off donations and today is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

It’s also the longest running benefit in York County.

It’s the 56th annual Lesslie Fire Department Barbecue.

Pork, beans coleslaw and sauce… this is an event everyone looks forward to.

“We have people that may not see each other until they come to the Lesslie Barbecue,” said Schwab.

In recent years, the barbecue has raised around $20,000 each year.

All proceeds are used to buy equipment for the station so they can keep helping people and saving lives.

“People will say ‘Well, how much do we owe you?’ and we say ‘You don’t owe us anything,’” said Schwab.

Lesslie firefighters covered all of Rock Hill, Lancaster and Chester. In 2013, they handled over 400 calls and clocked more than 3,000 hours of volunteer service.

The past few days with the icy road conditions, they have been especially busy.

“In that circumstance, we might answer 30 calls a day when normally it might be one call a day,” said Schwab.

The barbecue lasts all day Friday and starts up again Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and lasts until it’s all gone.

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