The Campbell Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating 50 years of service July 20, and they want to invite the community to join in on the fun. CVFD will host its 50th anniversary party at the fire station this Saturday. The Department, formed in 1969, will have several former members, including some from the first year of operation, on hand to help celebrate the station’s anniversary. Assistant Chief Marcus Arvie told the Commerce Journal that this celebration is part of a continued effort to get more involvement from the community.
“This is our second big event in the last year to get community involvement,” Arvie said. “This also gives us a chance to reunite with old members and show how far we’ve come in 50 years.”
Arvie says the event will include a fish fry, bounce house, raffle prizes, tours of the fire station, and fireworks at the end of the night. The event will be free to the public.
An additional part of the half-centennial celebration is a mural currently being painted on the station’s bay doors by Texas A&M University-Commerce art students Sabrina Correa and Laura Pappas. Firefighter Cody Glenn said that the mural will celebrate the department’s history as well as show a path forward into the future.
“This is a way for us to not only improve our department but improve our community with this great art project as well,” Glenn said.
The 50th anniversary event is being held at the Campbell Fire Station, which is located at the corner of West Main Street and South Patterson Street otherwise known as FM 499 and FM 513. The event starts at 4 p.m. this Saturday afternoon and will continue until 8 p.m.