On April 13, 2024, the Harrington Fire Company held its first ever First Responders Day. Following a parade everyone gathered back at the company for food, fellowship and kids activities along with viewing the several pieces of fire apparatus on display.

During this time, a Wreath Laying Ceremony was held at the monument in front of the station. After the event was over the three wreaths were taken to Hollywood Cemetery to honor three of our deceased members. The plan is to honor three different members of our company each year. The members honored this year were Robert ‘Bobby’ Taylor, Franklin Derrickson and Leroy Calhoun.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Taylor served the Harrington Fire Company for over 50 years before passing away in 2021. He served in many capacities including President, EMS Captain and Fire Chief. Chief Taylor and his family owned and operated Taylor’s Hardware for many years. He was also involved in several other community organizations and was a staple around the Harrington Community.

Franklin Derrickson passed away in 1994. During his time ‘Big Derrick’ or ‘Pops’ as he was called by the younger members, served in many capacities including EMS Captain and Fire Captain. Franklin was also given the distinction of being called the Day Time Chief and was honored by the company with being named Fire Chief Emeritus. Franklin was also a member of the first Ambulance Squad that began service in 1950.

Leroy Calhoun passed away in 2004. During his time in the company Leroy had a passion for the EMS side of the company. Leroy served as EMS Captain for several years and mentored many of the younger EMTs. Leroy was also very instrumental in our company’s Fire Prevention Program and would often speak to children about fire safety at programs at our station and at local schools. He was also a photographer for our company for several years.

The Harrington Fire Company is proud to honor these members. These three members along with several other members who are no longer with us, have made the Harrington Fire Company what it is today. We will continue to honor these members and carry on the tradition they started many years ago.

– Submitted by Kenny Brode