Volunteer firefighters give back to community
The DeQuincy Fire Department is manned by volunteers who generously give their time to help protect lives and property in the local area. The fire and rescue members work all kinds of fires, vehicle accidents, and respond to medical emergencies.
Denisia and Stephen Williamston are two of the newest volunteers on the squad. Denisia, a 1989 graduate of DeQuincy High School, is a retired Navy veteran. She is the first African-American woman on the DeQuincy Fire Department. Stephen, a native of Youngsville, N. C., is a retired Force ReCon Marine. They're both used to hard work and helping others. Volunteering with the fire department is one way they can help their community. They live off Bankens Road south of DeQuincy and have five children. Four are in college and their youngest is a junior in high school.
Since they joined the fire department in October of 2013 they have worked house fires, an electrical fire, a drowning, and several wrecks. They help out the Ward 6 Fire Department as well. Members of both squads support each other. The hardest part of the job is when they can't save someone, but Niecy finds comfort in praying with the victims and family members.
Currently the fire department has a Chief's vehicle, two pumpers, one brush truck, one SCBA portable station and a one-hundred foot aerial ladder truck.
The squad meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the fire station, 300 Holly Street, to train. Anyone interested in volunteering with the DeQuincy Fire Department should call Chief Johnny Copeland at 786-2000.