The sun was shining on Saturday afternoon as supporters from across the county gathered for the 24th annual po-boy steak dinner at the Midway Volunteer Fire Department.
Chief Ed Faw said the event typically raises between $10,000 and $15,000, which goes toward operating costs and equipment. The department’s only engine was built in 1984, Faw explained, adding that their annual operating costs are about $40,000.
The chief said he’s fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers committed to keeping the community safe.
“It’s hard enough to get somebody to do something when they get paid, but when the guys don’t get paid, it’s a very difficult thing to manage.”
Midway VFD treasurer Bunny Unterreiner said Monday she was unsure how much the department raised this year but believed fewer steaks were cooked.
“It’s probably due to the crunch on the oil fields and a change in the economy,” she said.
Service awards were presented to the following volunteers:
•Billy Blow — Fireman of the Year
•Cheryl Faw — Rehab Member of the Year
•Macel Jeffries — Lifetime Member
•Danny Unterreiner —15 years of service
•Chris Faw — 10 years of service
The following sponsors were recognized:
•City of Midway
•Stevenson Beer Distributing
•Henson Family Dealerships
•Madisonville Funeral Home
•Farris Insurance Co.
•Midway Mini Storage
•Roger Knight, attorney at law
•Frontier Pest Control
•ETB Oil Company
•Midway Energy Services
•Hardy Law Firm PC
•TDCJ-ID Ferguson Unit