On October 19, 1972, fourteen wives met in the fire department's meeting room located in what is now the South Hill Police Department. The Ladies Auxiliary was formed to become a part of the fire department. Officers were elected and the purposes of the auxiliary were established. They included (1) to work as a support group for the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department; (2) to provide food, drink and other necessary supplies at large incidents; and (3) to be a fund-raising project was a bazaar which made over a $300 profit. This proved that the people of South Hill were truly supportive of their volunteers.
The auxiliary has not only met but exceeded their three goals. Over the years the group has succeeded in being a fund-raising organization. Its fund-raising projects have included bingo, cookbooks, Spring Fest booth, suppers, womanless beauty pageants, rock-a-thons, trike-a-thons, dance recitals, and sales
of various items.
Auxiliary members are often called upon to support the firefighters with fundraisers. These have included two fish suppers and two stews each year. They have also assisted with the door-to-door campaign and bucket drives.
In the event of a large fire incident the auxiliary when called upon goes to aid in bringing food and drinks to keep the firefighters hydrated and energy level up to do their job at the fire scene.
The auxiliary continues to add a touch of class to the department. The Ladies Auxiliary has beautifully decorated the original fire station and newer addition providing custom drapes and wall hangings. They have also furnished the kitchen with all the necessities.
The Ladies Auxiliary composed of both Active and Life members have over the past forty two years made a tremendous contribution to the success of the department.
South Hill Volunteer Fire Department
114 North Brunswick Avenue, South Hill, VA 23970
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