Current and former volunteer and career firefighters gathered at the Midway Fire Rescue station in Pawleys Island on Sunday to celebrate the department’s 50 years.
What began in 1962 as an all-volunteer department serving the Waccamaw Neck has grown to a department with three stations and 67 career firefighters and 15 volunteers on staff.
“Community is really what it was all about. People who lived here or who moved here wanted to join an organization to make this community great,” said former Chief Mike Mock. “The people who where here in the early days are the people we need to remember because those are the people who got us to where we are today.”
Current Chief Doug Eggiman said Sunday served as a time to not only look at the past and where the department came from, but look ahead to where it can go.
“We’re going to continue to get busier … and continue to grow with the community,” Eggiman said. “I see amazing things. I honestly believe the future is bright and I’m confident in the quality of the people we have here.”