Marathon Fire Rescue Benevolent Association incorporated on Dec. 17, 2009.
Before this new company formed, the Marathon Fire and Rescue consisted of a totally volunteer organization and three shifts of paid career firefighters.
“Now we are a combined association with both career personnel and volunteer members from our community,” said Assistant Fire Marshall Adam Geaneas. “Our objectives are not only to provide superior services in the area of firefighting, rescues and general safety but to provide education on fire prevention and other life necessities.”
The Association will begin working toward their goals of offering education classes for the community by hosting CPR and AED Training this Saturday, March 27 from 9 am – 1 pm. Geaneas added that plans are in the works for First Responder training in the near future.
“We also plan to initiate a Cadet Program for any interested young people to learn more about the fire and rescue profession,” he continued. “We will be actively recruiting more members of Marathon to join our association.”
Prior to incorporation late last year, firefighter and paramedic Cesar Moreton purchased a new beagle puppy with his own personal funds. Iggy was soon volunteered for two years of intensive Search and Rescue training and became the firefighters’ newest team member.
“Cesar does all of Iggy’s training on his personal time, so this new benefit to the department has not cost the taxpayers a penny,” Geaneas explained.
In fact, Iggy’s already pulling his own weight on the force.
According to Geaneas, the fire station recently received a call to help locate a missing woman. Moreton and the team took the five-month-old pup to the woman’s car where he picked up her scent and was able to quickly track her down.
“That’s exceptional progress for such a young dog!” he exclaimed. “He’s doing great.”
The Association has since purchased an official badge and vest for their newest member. They will continue to make purchases for the pup as his needs arise.
Within the first month alone, the Marathon Fire Rescue Benevolent Association hit the ground running with their community involvement. Members delivered 20 dinners to Middle Keys families at Thanksgiving and donated the remaining food to KAIR. They pulled out all the stops for decorating the fire station at Christmas. In conjunction with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the Association collected gifts as part of the Toys for Keys Kids Drive and received a phenomenal response. The station also hosted a blood drive to benefit Bill McQueen that collected 22 units of blood.
To celebrate the beautiful Spring weather, the Association brought back an old tradition last weekend with the ever-popular Pasghetti Dinner that included live entertainment, a 50/50 raffle and an Italian feast prepared by members and their families.
Nearly 400 dinner tickets were sold, and the majority of the money raised will go back into the community in the form of academic scholarship for high school students and merit scholarships for members of the association. They also recently made a donation to a local family who lost their home in a fire.
“We’re really looking forward to strengthening our abilities as one cohesive unit and increasing our involvement with the community,” Geaneas concluded.
Iggy and guys
Left to right
Ff/paramedic Danny Montanez
Captain Eric Dunford
Ff/EMT Frank Herrera
Ff/paramedic Iggy owner Cesar Moreton
Ff/paramedic Chris Sanchez
Assistant fire marshal Adam Geaneas