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Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 19, 2013
Annual event recognizes Castine’s firefighters, responders

Castine Volunteer Firefighters Association donates to Team Tessa

Castine Volunteer Firefighters Association Treasurer Lisa Burton, from left, and President Jack Spratt present Tessa Hastings and Myles Block of Team Tessa with a check for $800. Team Tessa is an organization raising money to help those diagnosed with cancer.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Burton

Friday, December 13, the Castine Volunteer Firefighter’s Association (CVFA) held its annual volunteer recognition dinner and awards ceremony at Danny Murphy’s pub. This annual event is an opportunity for Castine’s volunteer firefighters, medical first responders and their families to gather together in a social setting and recognize the dedicated efforts of their own, according to a press release.

Newly elected CVFA President Stephen “Jack” Spratt, Vice President Midshipman 2/C Christopher Carter and Treasurer Lisa Burton were welcomed to office. Awards were presented to Assistant Chief Stephen “Jack” Spratt for Firefighter of the Year, AEMT Carolyn Brouillard for First Responder of the Year, and Midshipman 2/C Andrew Tarte for Probationary Firefighter of the Year. Also recognized were the efforts of former CVFA President Tom Gutow and Treasurer Paul Fallow for their 14 years of service in those positions.

As part of the event, CVFA Treasurer Lisa Burton presented special guests Tessa Hastings and Myles Block of Team Tessa a check for $800. This money had been raised by CVFA members through sales of pink “Castine Firefighters for the Cure” t-shirts. Team Tessa is a local nonprofit organization that distributes funds to help the families of those battling cancer.

The Castine Volunteer Firefighter’s Association is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1999 to serve the needs of Castine’s volunteer firefighters and medical first responders. This is achieved through such things as sponsoring social functions, recognizing individual achievements, supporting additional activities and conducting fund raising for specialized department equipment without utilizing money collected through taxation.

CVFA is currently conducting its annual fund raising campaign to support its mission. Contributions may be made directly to The Castine Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, P.O. Box 602, Castine, ME 04421.