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A dinner most fowl

Bernie Murphy flips the chicken over at the Westville Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.
Bernie Murphy flips the chicken over at the Westville Fire Department on Saturday afternoon. - Kevin Adshade

WESTVILLE – If it smells like chicken, it must be chicken.

The Westville Fire Department held its annual chicken barbecue fundraiser on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. outside the fire hall.

Firefighter Bill Chase said that 640 meals were ready to go for $12 a pop (a half-chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and a roll), and while he wasn’t sure around noon whether all of them would be sold, in most years they sell out.

“Any money you make goes into the account, for buying newer equipment and upgrading the old equipment,” he said.

“Like anything, you have to stay up to date.”

Like any volunteer fire department, fundraising is a necessity as they work hard to stay up with expenditures.

Starting on Thursday night, about 30 people – firefighters and spouses – spent a couple of days getting ready for the chicken dinner, making the potato salad, setting up the barbecue pits and doing other tasks to ensure that things would run smoothly, once the public started showing up for their dinners.

The fire department in Westville has about 28 members, Chase said, adding that new members are welcome. “There’s never enough,” he said.

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