By Amanda Foust
The Irish aren’t the only ones eager to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Firefighters across the country have adopted this holiday as a celebration of brotherhood and a time to share in tradition.
Carmel’s Dublin-industrial Pub, The Brockway, will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in partnership with Carmel Professional Firefighters Local 4444.
“It’s a neat experience for the public to get a glimpse of our camaraderie around this holiday,” said Tim Griffin, Local 4444 executive member.
The event will serve as a fundraiser for the firefighters’ bereavement fund. The union will accept donations and sell T-shirts to benefit its fund, which is used to assist firefighters who fall on hard times or help the families of those who die in the line of duty.
Food, drinks, games and live music are planned for the all-day event, which is family-friendly and open to the public. It will also include a pumper pull tradition, where teams join together to see who can pull an old fashioned fire truck the fastest.
“Surrounding fire departments often come and compete in the Pumper Pull,” Griffin said.
The Brockway Pub has hosted the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration event since its beginning in 2007. Pub owners Kevin and Lainie Paul were longtime supporters of the police and fire departments and were eager to offer their support. Lainie lost her battle with cancer a few days before last year’s event and will be remembered at this year’s.
“We have memorialized her on our official St Patrick’s Day shirts and made her an honorary member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4444,” said Sean Sutton, Carmel Professional Firefighters Local 4444 union president.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration schedule of events
Saturday, March 19
8 a.m. – Brockway opens
9 a.m. – Kegs and eggs served
3 p.m. – Pumper pull begins
5 p.m. – Keg toss
6:30 p.m. – Carmel Fire Dept. Pipes and Drums Ian Reppert Experience