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Trempealeau Fire Department holds 24th Firemen's Dance

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TREMPEALEAU, Wisc. (WXOW) - The Trempealeau Volunteer Fire Department held their 24th Annual Firemen's Dance Saturday, with the money raised being put towards new equipment.

The event is one of the department's biggest fundraisers.

The money from ticket sales alone has already helped the department buy a new pickup truck.

A polka band played in the afternoon, and in addition to the dancing, guests could buy a meal cooked by the firefighters.

Just because the guys are having fun doesn't mean they get the weekend off. Before the dance, the department received two calls: One for a power line on a tree, the other for a smoking A/C unit at a local business.

It shows that the work never sleeps. But firefighters say it's all just part of the job.

"Well, we're trained to go out and help them in the proper way," said Fire Chief Jack Bemis. "We don't only just work on the fires. We respond to car accidents, people lost in the woods, people on the river. We help out our responders on medical calls for setting up landing zones, and stuff, so the whole community actually works together as one."

Bemis says they expect a big turnout for the dance.

"We have a very good local community around here that really supports our fire department," he said. "I just can't say enough of how the people actually support us."

Nicole Becker of Galesville was one of the people in attendance. Her brother is a volunteer firefighter, and she enjoys having an opportunity to support the fire department.

"It's just always nice to see everybody come together with everyone, and just to show their support to the firefighters and say 'Thank you' for helping out,'" Becker said.

Rock Group "Divided Highway" will take the stage later in the evening, With the dance scheduled to conclude around midnight.

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