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Woodworkers present sign to fire department

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By Chris Sardelli

INDIAN LAND – A new sign now hangs at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.

Constructed and painted by the Woodworker’s Guild at Sun City Carolina Lakes, the 4.5-foot-wide and 3-foot-tall sign replaces the department’s old sign, which had faded. The sign, which reads Indian Land Fire Department, Station 10, was presented to the department on April 30. It will be placed on the exterior of the building.

Two Indian head logos were also presented to the department. One will be placed above the exterior sign and another will be placed inside the building.

Capt. Tom Pickard of the fire department said he was surprised when the guild volunteered to build the sign. Pickard said he first met with the guild in December to discuss having them create several plaques the department was going to hand out, including Firefighter of the Year.

“I had gotten to know a couple of them. They asked if there was anything else we needed. We said we needed a sign and they jumped all over it, wanting to do the sign for us,” Pickard said. “They took it on themselves to build it and paint it.”

Several guild members had a hand in creating the sign, including Jim Price, Lyle Pyke and Steve Stephens. Price’s wife, Joan, who is a member of Sun City’s Art Guild, painted the large Indian heads.

Pyke, a member and ex-president of the guild, said the sign took a little more than a month to create. He said it was a “fun project for the guild.”

“The fire captain stopped by every once in a while and we all started up a relationship with him,” Pyke said. “We noticed their sign was faded so we said, “how ‘bout we build you one?’ ”

Pyke said the guild is also helping out at Indian Land High School, teaching basic woodworking skills in the school’s shop class.

Pyke said the guild, first organized three years ago, is always trying to develop ties within the community.

Pickard said the guild is made up of a dedicated group of people.

“They are very active in the community and are willing to give back to their community,” Pickard said.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416