The Cairo community and the surrounding area turned out very well for the Annual Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department Smorgasbord on Saturday evening, March 18th.
Roast beef, ham, au gratin potatoes, baked beans, and various homemade salads were provided. Over 500 meals were served.
The weather cooperated and made travel easy for all the neighbors and friends. People found it easy to lounge after dinner for that one extra cup of coffee.
The Department members did the food preparation and serving. The Local Boy Scout Troop #103 worked hard at the clean-up of the dishes.
During the evening several awards were given and Members were recognized. Chief Steve Oseka was noted for his hard work as Nebraska Fire Instructor of the Year—an award given to him by a vote of his peers statewide.
Damon Obermiller was given a plaque celebrating twelve years of service to the Department. Damon has moved out of the Fire District. His contributions will be sorely missed. We all wish him well.
Wade Osburn was recognized for contributing 30 years of service to our group. Wade is a consistent, knowledgeable veteran of the Department and we salute him.
Francis Johnson (Fran) was presented with a lawn ornamental—an engraved stone—for his 40 years of service to the Department. Still going strong, Fran is the treasurer for the group and provides steady leadership to our Department.
The ornamental stone came from Ed Beckler’s Boulder and Rocks of Cairo.
A great deal of good will was enjoyed! One attendee summed it up when he said, “This dinner is an event that the whole community always looks forward to. Spring is here.”
Many thanks to all who continue to support the Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department! It is deeply appreciated!
Fire Extinguishers from the Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department
Jan Hadenfeldt for the beautiful afghan.
Pathway Bank for the $100 Grand Prize.
“Please join Senator Halloran at the Cairo Annual Firemen’s Smorgasbord, happening at Cairo Community Center, 303 Said St, Cairo, NE 68824. The event will run from 4:30PM to 8:30PM, this Saturday, March 18th. The Senator will be at the fundraiser to greet people and to support the local fire department. This event, which has been around for over 50 years, typically attracts around 600 people. Proceeds from the event will used for the purchase and upkeep of fire-fighting and extrication equipment.”
*************Firemen’s Smorgasbord: MARCH 18
Spear-headed by Captain Nathan Knuth, the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department has acquired a Support Command Vehicle and trailer for its fleet. The 2003 Chevrolet Silverado Truck was received from the Nebraska Forest Service and will be stationed in Cairo and remain unless a major disaster would require the NFS to recall the vehicle temporarily.
The truck is equipped with the communications equipment necessary to allow it to be a command vehicle in the field. It carries four passengers and is used as a utility vehicle for transport of Department members and equipment to various functions, such as classes, trainings, and special events.
The vehicle will also be used to pull the Department’s newly acquired trailer. The trailer provides excellent versatility. It houses the compressed-air supply tanks used to re-fill the portable air packs of the firefighters. It also carries the equipment for grain bin extrication.
Equipped with heating and cooling apparatus, the trailer allows sanctuary against the elements for the firefighters while in the field. It provides a stable location for emergency first aid or a rest area, as well.
The trailer contains appropriate radio equipment so those in the trailer can be in constant communication with the remainder of the team and/or other emergency personnel during operations.
The usage of the truck was a result of successful collaborations between Nathan and the Nebraska Forest Service. The trailer was provided through private funding, memorials, the Cairo Village Board (normal budget process), and the Cairo Rural Fire Board.
CVFD team members provided painting, decals, and identification items.
Thank you, Nathan and team, for your excellent work to make our Department more effective through your creative efforts.
CAIRO VFD SMORGASBORD
Cairo Community Center
Saturday, March 18, 2017
4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Cairo Volunteer Fire Department is holding its annual Smorgasbord again this year. This festive fund-raiser features a two-meat buffet of roast beef and ham. Au gratin potatoes, baked beans, and assorted salads. [Special note: The roast beef and au gratin potatoes are prepared using special recipes and preparation styles which have brought satisfied smiles over the years!]
The thirty-member Fire Department works together to prepare and serve this dinner. The preparation begins several days prior to the event. Teamwork and cooperation is necessary to assure that all the details addressed.
The Smorgasbord has been in existence for over 50 years! A couple of our members have been a part of it for over 40! During that time, the Cairo community and surrounding neighbors have looked at the Smorgasbord as a time to “Get out of the house and see the neighbors again.” It creates a spirit of community and goodwill for all. Throughout the years and average of 750-1000 people have been served.
There is plenty of room at the Community Center so no one ever feels rushed to leave. There’s always more coffee.
The proceeds for the Smorgasbord go towards the purchase and upkeep of new fire-fighting and extrication equipment. Over the years special tools (hand tools, nozzles, hoses, a jaws-of-life, a power piston, hydraulic air bags, communication equipment, etc.) have been purchased. Often, the funds are used in conjunction with the City Board, the Fire Board, and various grants/donations to maximize purchasing power. It is vital for the Department to continue to have upgraded, dependable tooling.
In 2016 the Department personnel contributed over 1400 man-hours for fire calls and training. The members dedicate two evenings per month for formal meetings in addition to the calls. They are committed to being of service.
Please mark the calendar for this special event.
Steve Oseka, Fire Chief for the Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department, has won the prestigious Bill Behrens Instructor of the Year award given by the Nebraska Society of Fire Service Instructors. It is an award open to anyone, Volunteer, or Career, who is involved in Fire Fighting or Emergency Medical Services Instruction.
This award can only be earned as a result of nominations from one’s peers—an indication of high respect. Those providing formal nominations were: Charles H. Hoffman, NE State Fire Marshall Training Division, (Director, Retired), and Chief of the Grand Island Rural Fire Department; Todd Brehm, NE Deputy State Fire Marshall; and Scott Kuehl, President, Loup City Fire Department.
Steve has been an instructor for the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Training Division for over twenty-five years. He has held classes on an average monthly basis and has provided his professional instruction whenever and wherever needed. For example, he has traveled all over the state, including locations as distant as Chadron, NE.
Steve is a well-respected and highly recognized participant in the field of Fire Fighting instruction. In addition to his classroom work and on-scene guidance, he is an instructor at the NE State Fire School, held in Grand Island every May. He also is very active as a “train the trainer” of the local Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department.
Cairo and Nebraska citizens are blessed to have this hard-working and dedicated Professional Firefighter and Instructor…always on duty, on our behalf.
The Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Smorgasbord Saturday evening at the Cairo Community Center. Approximately 500 neighbors and friends attended to enjoy the food and fellowship, and help support the Cairo RVFD.
Several tributes were made, also. Dick Heckman, a pillar in the community, was recognized for forty-six years of service to the Department. Ron Woitaszewski was recognized for thirty years of service and his work coordinating the many rural water supply locations (pivot points) for immediate and emergency use. The rural water supply concept has been invaluable over the years.
New Firefighters recognized during the evening were Ben Johnson, Kody Knopik, and Melinda Whitefoot. Cadets included Blaine Gaschow and Brennan Stebbing.
Another very noteworthy moment was the recognition of those organizations and private donors who made it possible for the new trailer that houses our compressed air supply and grain bin recovery tools. It also provides emergency temporary shelter during inclement weather.
Those contributing organizations include the Dunlap Foundation, and the Cairo Community Foundation. Significant private donations came from the Randall Harder family, the Shirley Johnson family, and the Earl Knuth family. Together, their love and support made this very valuable vehicle a lasting tribute and service to the community.
Raffle winners included Delmar Eggers, Willy Packer, Malorie Dettmen, and Cindy Brown. Grand Prizewinner was Judy Kemptar.
The food, fellowship, and fun made the evening a night enjoyed by all.
Thank you, Friends and Neighbors, for your generous show of support. We’re in your corner.
Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department.
Cairo Rural Volunteer Fire Department proudly announces the
Saturday, March 19th, 2016
Cairo Community Center
Menu includes: Roast Beef, Ham, all the trimmings.
Raffle items and awards presented
Tickets are available from Cairo Rural Firemen
Ticket Pricing: Adults $8.00 Kids 12 and under: $5.00[gview file=”https://www.cairocommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/SMORGASBORD-2016.pdf”]
Saturday, March 14, 2015 was the annual Smorgasbord held at the Community Center in Cairo. Over 650 friends and neighbors were in attendance for the dinner featuring custom-made specialties of roast beef, ham, au gratin potatoes, various salads, and trimmings.
The night featured a leisurely atmosphere where many seemed to have an extra cup of coffee and ‘visit the night away.’
The annual event is the major fund-raiser for the Department. The funds go to the purchase and upkeep of materials and supplies in the effort to be of service for emergencies in the fire district. The Cairo district enjoys a very good relationship with all the residents and that good will was demonstrated at the dinner.
In addition to the meal, seven of the Volunteer Firefighters were recognized for their devotion and service. They are as follows: Chief Steve Oseka, 30 years; Joe Grabowski, 30 years; Rich Svitak (ret.) 21 years; Randy Wetzel (ret.) 15 years; Brian Wetzel (ret.) 3 years; Paul Hoos (ret.) 3 years; and Anson Dockhorn (ret.) 3 years. These gentlemen have provided valuable service over the years and they’ve done themselves proud. We salute you!
The Cairo Rural VFD wishes to say “Thank You” to the many friends and neighbors who have supported us. And, we welcome the continuation of our mutual good will.
The Cairo QRT hosted The Midwest Dueling Pianos entertainment for the 2nd year in a row on February 7. As a team, we can’t thank everyone enough who bought tickets, donated money, volunteered during the event & those that helped with set up & take down. Once again it was a successful fundraiser & it wouldn’t have been without the support from the community. We would also like to thank the corporate sponsors who bought tables they were: Pathway Bank, Baasch & Sons, Moeller Farms, Aurora Coop, Crop Production Services, Agrigold, Bossleman, 2 Buds Catering, Hadenfeldt Farms, Lebensraum/Prairie Winds Assisted Living, and Planter Paradise. Lastly, we honored one of our own team members who retired this last year, Shirley Johnson. She had been with the team since the beginning for 38 years. If you see her in the community, please thank her for her many years of service. We are very proud to serve this wonderful community of Cairo.
– Rebecca Hadenfeldt, Cairo QRT President