Special to the Reporter

The Walnut Springs Volunteer Fire Department held an appreciation night last Saturday to thank the many businesses and individuals in the community who have donated to the department.

The crew served hamburgers and hot dogs to a hungry crowd at the Fire Station on 4th Street. The event also served as a way to meet the fire fighters and the auxiliary members.

The event's highlight came when the newest acquisition to the fleet of fire fighting vehicles demonstrated its powerful water cannon.

“With the truck-mounted 550 gallon-per-minute water cannon, we can handle most any type of fire that is thrown our direction,” said Gary Dozier, association president.

The new truck is a 1983 Seagraves Pumper with a 750-gallon tank capacity and a 1,250 GPM pump purchased from the Union Valley Volunteer Fire Department. It will replace the "antique" 1965 Chevrolet pumper.