Golf Tournament Revisited

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The MDA Golf Tournament is coming up on July 14th and I could use all of the help I can get. The tournament benefits the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) and we would like to make this the best one yet. Do you know how long this MDA golf tournament has been going on? I don’t but I am looking into it. I think it has been since the mid 80′s. Did you know that it was held in honor of Vernon Barnard for several years. Vernon Barnard was a Firefighter who most can remember, although he died before I joined the Fire Department. Vernon Barnard died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which is also commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I am still not sure why we stopped doing that, and if prompted by the RFFA or any of you I would be glad to rekindle that honor (I would like to get permission from the family also). If anyone can point me in the direction of his family I would very much appreciate it.

We are in need of sponsors, teams, door prizes, etc. For the golf tournament so if you know of any businesses interested you can contact me at and I will contact them or get you the info. I would appreciate any assistance I can get.

Here is a little quiz about the history of the Roanoke Fire Department/Roanoke Fire-EMS to test your knowledge:

1. Who was the first Chief of the department?

2. When did the Hotel Roanoke burn? How many times did it burn?

3. When did the department get it’s first motorized fire truck and where was it located?

4. When did the department get rid of Engine #1?

5. Where has the Chief’s office been located in the past?

6. How many Firefighters have died in the line of duty in the department’s history? What are their names?

7. What is the biggest fire in the department’s history?

8. When was the third battalion (shift) added?

9. How many Fire Chiefs has the department had?

10. Are there currently any Fire Brigade’s in the City of Roanoke?

So there it is, and no I do not claim to know all of the answers. I do have some thoughts, ideas, facts that have been passed on to me. I will post answers as they come in. Feel free to comment and give answers or thoughts.

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