Andy Harris gives flag to Taylors Island Volunteer Fire Company

Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, Taylors Island Volunteer Fire Company President Patti Tieder, TIVFC Vice President Anna Grossnickle, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, and Palm Beach Willies owner John Butz display the flag that Harris presented to TIVFC as a show of support during a time of challenging fundraising.

TAYLORS ISLAND — Dorchester County’s congressman presented a local fire company with a symbol of recognition and support during a fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 30, in Taylors Island.

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, presented the Taylors Island Volunteer Fire Company with a flag flown over Capitol building in Washington, D.C. at his request. Harris said the flag was symbolic gesture for TIVFC, as well as other local fire companies, to recognize the service they perform for the community, and to commend them for carrying on through times of reduced fundraising. Harris asked that citizens be aware of funding shortfalls due to COVID-19-related cancellations and requested they support local companies if they can.

The presentation was made during the pit beef fundraiser in the parking lot of Palm Beach Willie’s at Slaughter Creek Marina in Taylors Island on a day that TIVFC had been scheduled to hold its annual boat docking, the fire department’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

TIVFC President Patti Tieder said the company was counting on money from the boat docking to prepare to replace the company’s aging engine, and that they had waited until “the last minute” to cancel due to concerns about COVID-19 and compliance.

Tieder said the engine was too old to have available replacement parts. TIVFC Vice President Anna Grossnickle said that even if parts were available, fixing the existing fire truck would cost only marginally less than a brand new engine.

Other companies also held fundraisers over the weekend, with Neck District Volunteer Fire Company holding a poker run, and Eldorado-Brookview Volunteer Fire Company holding a golf tournament. Multiple fundraisers across Dorchester are scheduled in the coming weeks. Linkwood-Salem Volunteer Fire Company has a barbecue chicken dinner set for Friday, Sept. 4, starting at 10 a.m., carryout only.

Fundraisers remains crucial for companies like TIVFC. “We are one breakdown away from not having an engine,” said Tieder. “We have to earn our own money.”

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