Jasper Volunteer Fire Department's newest piece of equipment was on display in Bradley Park Saturday, Nov. 16, as part of Bill Stiritz Day events recognizing volunteerism in Jasper and Newton County. The  1995 Simon Duplex 102-foot LTI Platform apparatus is 47 feet and 7 inches long and has a height is 12 feet and 4 inches. The truck is equipped with a fire pump that pumps 1,500 gallons of water per minute and has an on board 200 gallon tank. The three-section aerial ladder is 102 feet and has a full compliment of ground ladders. Miscellaneous equipment includes a generator, lights, air horns, heated mirrors and air conditioning.

Jasper Mayor Jan Larson, Joe and Kathryn Nance made the presentation of a plaque symbolizing the key to the city to Bill Stiritz in absentia during a day celebrated in his honor. Larson noted that the Jasper native, now a successful businessman living in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, recently gave $12,500 to the Bradley House Museum in Jasper and $12,500 to continue improvements to Bradley Park.

Bill Hemmer, president of the Newton County Resource Council, made a short address during Bill Stiritz Day ceremonies at Bradley Park, Saturday, Nov. 16. Stiritz gave  $12,500 to the council for the continued maintenance of the Round Top Mountain Trail and $12,500 for next year's summer youth program.

Musicians Jim Westbrook and Kathy Downs, of Jasper, entertained during activities Saturday for Bill Stiritz Day in Bradley Park. The couple are also known for their volunteerism in the community. In addition to playing music, Westbrook is a sculptor and architect who designed the Bradley Park performing stage.

Jeff Dezort, Newton County Times editor, has worked at the newspaper since 2001. Before that he was a reporter, photographer and assistant editor of the Harrison Daily Times.

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