Although the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department has been around since 1951, its awards banquet is a relatively recent event.
The department has only been holding it for a few years. It grew out of a much older event, the ladies appreciation night. This was an event to thank wives for letting their husbands get out of bed at 3 a.m. to go put out a fire.
“I’ll be back in a little bit and it’s eight hours later,” commented Deputy Chief Clint Dudley.