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Fundraiser benefits Medina Lake VDF

  • A family admires the fire truck at last Saturday’s BBQ fundraiser for the Medina Lake VFD. BULLETIN PHOTO/Chuck McCollough
    A family admires the fire truck at last Saturday’s BBQ fundraiser for the Medina Lake VFD. BULLETIN PHOTO/Chuck McCollough

The Medina lake Volunteer Fire Department had its annual big BBQ and fundraiser on Saturday to great success.

“We had a full crowd and sold between 700 to 900 plates. We are very happy,” said 22-year Fire Chief Ben L. Hicks III.

Danielle Joy Harvieux and her family were at the event and said they like the area.

“We wanted to give our two children a life of experiences, so we left Wisconsin in October of 2021 to live and travel full time in our RV,” she said. “We have been in Texas since March and found the event online. My Husband and I both work as Life Coaches which allows us to homeschool and explore our beautiful country.”

The Medina Lake Volunteer Fire Department (MLVFD) officially began on October 16, 1961, when a group of 42 concerned citizens met at the North Medina Lake Methodist Church.

Today, MLVFD relies solely on donations and fundraising. In addition to BBQ plates, a live auction and raffle helped bring in funds last Saturday.

As one of the primary mutual aid providers for Medina County, the Medina Lake Volunteer Fire Department assisted others from around the county and state in fighting the Das Goat fire earlier this year.

That fire, which authorities say originated from a burning car, ended up impacting nearly 1,100 acres in Medina County.

Stephanie Blanks, Executive Director of the medina County Economic Development Foundation, told Texas Public Radio last month several homes and dozens of families were impacted by the fires.

"I know that three of the homes in that area were completely destroyed as well as 50 to 60 other families affected, whether property damage or smoke damage to their house," Blanks said.