4“Once a fireman – always a fireman” is a motto that Hawthorne Fire Department volunteer Lindsey Ives lives daily.

Ives is carrying forth a tradition that runs deep within her family. She, along with generations back, has served the community on this fire department.

Located upstairs in the Hawthorne Fire Department, was a neglected board, full of names of firefighters who, over the years, have given their time and dedication to the community. Ives, along with her fellow firefighters, decided to update the board.

“Updating the retiree board is something that all of us at the department have been wanting to do for some time. The board was originally hanging upstairs and was in desperate need of some attention. I have a few projects that I would like to accomplish before I retire from the volunteers and this happened to be one of them and probably the most important, so a few months ago we created a committee to complete the task,” Ives said.

Ives serves as a volunteer alongside her husband Dave and brother Kyle but her relatives are with her in thought.

“As for me specifically, between the Moody’s, Nixon’s and Reuter’s, I am the tenth member of my family to have the honor of serving the community on this fire department. I can remember the first time that I saw the board and recognizing all of my family member names and having an overwhelming sense of appreciation. There are a few members that are also following in their family’s footsteps and continuing traditions. I have had the opportunity to work alongside quite a few of the recently retired members. It was truly a privilege to learn from these individuals.”

The board has found a temporary home in the front entrance of the fire house but Ives is unsure if the board is complete.

“We would absolutely welcome anyone to give us names that we may have missed so we can make corrections to ensure that credit is given where it is due. The board, in theory, was designed to represent at least 10 years of service on our department, However, for the past several years, we have fallen behind on keeping track of service years and we are committed to bringing the records up to date. I’m told that some of the people listed on the previous board did not have ten years of service but pretty close. We recognized them anyway. We also still have a few names to add. Please contact me at 775-316-0881 with any additions or changes,” Ives wants the public to know.

An open house for the Hawthorne Fire Department will be held on Aug. 21 from 3 to 6 p.m. where the community is invited to check out the firehouse, the equipment and reminisce over family members service to the community.

“This project meant a lot to the entire department. It gives candidates one of many reasons to join and current probationary firefighters and firefighters alike a goal to strive for. As a volunteer, there isn’t much by the way of recognition for your service so this is a way that we can recognize members internally and put their name on display for the community to see. It brings a sense of pride for our department,” Ives concludes.