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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Ridge Fire Department Installation

Another Super Bowl commercial about first responders reminded me that I have wanted to do something here on the Buzzyblog about the Ridge Fire Department's recent installation of officers ceremony.  

I was in the process of getting info on the ceremony when I found Assistant Chief Eddie Raley's excellent account of the event along with several nice photos from Mary Franklin  (click here.)  I've included a couple of those photos here:

Ladies Auxiliary Officers:

Another nice part of the installation was recognizing Joe Cooper, Joe Raley and Dickie Wood for their 55 years service to the Department.  That's some long time service!

I am forever grateful to those members of the Fire Department for all of their efforts in responding to Buzzy's beer cooler fire last year.  Moreover though I am most grateful to all of the members for all of their services throughout the years for everybody.

And since I have now weaved Buzzy's Country Store into this little narrative,  how about I close with the Ridge Fire Department recognizing my Buzzy neighbor Chris Bender as Fireman of the Year?  Congratulations and thank you Chris!
Note - one of the PG County Fire Department dudes who like coming into Buzzy's, once jokingly corrected me when I referred to them as "The Firemen."  He said that they are officially "Firefighters" and that a fireman is someone who feeds coal into the burner or actually stokes fires.  I was never aware of this distinction but I see his point (click here.)  

I'd say then that maybe George needs to re-record his song of that name and substitute Firefighter for fireman.  But then again, the way he is using the term "fireman" as a sex term here really does mean that he's stoking a fire vs. putting it out!


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