Santa jumps in fire truck, tours Winfield | Neighborhood News

By Rick Dandes


WINFIELD — A gentle snow shower presented the excellent backdrop for a Santa Parade,  executed by the Union Township Fireplace Enterprise on Sunday afternoon.

Participating in Santa was Greg Wagner, who claimed, “This is the initially 12 months we have completed this.” 

It is also the first time he’s played Saint Nick.

“I received told I was likely to be Santa Claus,” Wagner explained, laughing. “As a group player you have to choose the hit each and every now and then.”

Hearth Company President Chris Benfer came up with the strategy, Wagner defined.

Minutes afterwards Wagner donned the dazzling purple costume and long white beard. 

He received the festive suit from a single of the company’s members, the pastor at Crossroads Nazarene Church around Milton.

“It has been such a topsy-turvy planet this year,” Wagner reported. “We’ve viewed other fireplace departments carrying out this, so we resolved to give it a shot.” Users of the fireplace departmetn needed to “do some thing that can put some smiles on people’s faces,” he stated. “It’s been a difficult yr for most people. We came up with a activity system and we’ll see how it goes.”

The system was set with each other in a week, Benfer stated. “We had been speaking about this every 12 months. But at some place we just figured to do it now.”

The parade route began at the fireplace station, wound its way from Riverbreeze Avenue to Gorver Push and Fox Ridge Lane then on as a result of downtown Winfield to Ridge Road prior to finishing on Reitz Avenue.

“We picked a route that passed by neighborhoods in which housing developments are,” Benfer explained.

“We desired to stay away from condition routes and not impede the normal traffic move.”

Sirens blared and loudspeakers played Rudolph the Purple Nosed Reindeer, as the parade drove down Riverbreeze Avenue just following 1 p.m.

In the caravan was the company’s fire motor, tanker and assist cars.

Alongside the way, Wagner’s work was to wave to the young children from his seat in the fireplace engine and toss sweet treats.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a first rate turnout,” he claimed. 

Another reason for the parade was to boost the visibility of the fireplace company. Customers said they hope the Santa Parade gets to be an yearly function.

“We want the general public to see our involvement in the neighborhood,” said Benfer. “We’ve noticed that these kinds of parades have become well known, and we are always making an attempt to discover different ways to get out in the group.”

A side benefit would be if people today would look at joining the enterprise in some capability, Wagner explained.

“I consider this will be enjoyment,” Wagner reported. “I consider it will be pleasurable for everyone.”

“I was advised that there were some youngsters in the community that were being really hunting forward to this,” Benfer stated. “That’s all we could check with for.”