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Posts published in “Day: November 30, 2010”

Westfield Fire Station under construction to be finished by Fall 2011

By JULIETA PAITA

Emergency Services District No. 25 on the Northside of Houston has started construction of their new, bigger station for Westfield Volunteer Fire Department.
The existing fire station located at 4105 Lauder Road near JFK Blvd. will be replaced by a new building across the street.
“This will be a combination department where we don’t just volunteer, we train also,” said Maureen Turrentine, Fire Chief of the Westfield Fire Department. “Our training facility that will be there that will contain a big training room, and a large conference room.”
The new station would have 19,800 square feet compared to the existing station with only 5000 to 6000 square feet. “This is going to be the first time we have everything in one spot,” said Turrentine.

The Westfield Fire Department serves a 15 square-mile area and provides service to 25,000 residents in a territory bordered by the city of Houston to the south, the Hardy Toll Rd. to the west, Aldine-Bender to the north and US 59 to the East. The Westfield Fire Department operates two stations that protect primarily residential areas. “Last year there were 3, 200 reported fires in our area,” said Turrentine and this year, they almost reached the same number.
Fire Chief Maureen Turrentine said there is a possibility to sell the existing building once the new one is completed, and more personnel could be hire or a new truck could be purchased. “There is a crew 24 hours-7 days a week,” said Turrentine.
The new building is expected to be open by August of 2011.

Operation Food Basket provides Thanksgiving meals…direct from Grace’s HEART

HARRIS COUNTY—Ten years ago Harris County Sheriff’s Storefront Deputy Grace Luna began saw a need to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to under privileged children & families that live-in or near District III.
Luna took this need, and with the help of others, created Operation Food basket.
Through the program Family names are provided to Luna by local schools and Harris County deputies that patrol within the district.

“Deputy Luna is a Christian lady with a heart of gold; she provides this on her own free will – it is NOT a part of her “job description”,” said her superior officers with the department.
Each year, the Harris County Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (HCSOCPAAA) in District III joins hearts & hands Luna to make this project happen.
This year, through the efforts of volunteers, 22 families will be blessed by their efforts.
Throughout October and early November the HCSOCPAAA collected non perishable foods amongst its members, to begin the process of fulfilling Food Baskets.
Meals were distributed at the HSCO Wallisville Substation, on Nov. 20. The HCSOCPAAA District III would like to thank everyone that had a hand in making this event such a huge success.
Thanks to Deputy Grace Luna, John Rowlett, David & Becky Moon, Tony & Jeri Gonzales, Ramona Ryle, Debbie Gray, Felecia Gokey, Craig & Donne Dass, Ron Deluge, Bernadette Beauchamp, and Mary Morales.
If you are interested in joining a great organization that supports your local law enforcement; and enjoys serving your neighborhood, contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Community Support Bureau at (281) 647-9371 and ask for the Citizens Police Academy Coordinator. Information will be made available regarding the next CPA class in your area. Together we CAN make a difference.