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Big Bend and Vernon fire departments go their own ways

Big Bend Fire Department

After a year of disagreement and planning, the Big Bend-Vernon Joint Fire Department dissolved on Dec. 18.

Big Bend Firefighters (top photo) are sworn in by Village of Big Bend Clerk Bobbi Woppert Saturday morning, less than an hour before Village of Big Bend President James Sonneberg and Town of Vernon Chairman Fred Michalek signed papers (bottom photo) making the break official, while firefighters waited to inventory equipment.

The new Big Bend Fire Department emblem identifies an ambulance and a box of fire helmets wait for sorting (middle photos) during an emotional day for both municipalities.

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