Cambria County Regional Firefighter Convention kicks off

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CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Bagpipes played to kick-off celebrations for the 100th annual Cambria County Regional Firefighters Convention. The actual event takes place from July 25 to 31.

“It’s almost like a weeklong competition because every day there’s a different event, from the battle of the barrel, to the hose efficiency contest, to the bucket brigade,” said Jerry Brant, fire chief for Patton Fire Company.

The Patton Fire Company is also celebrating an anniversary… 125 years of service.

For some, serving Patton is a family legacy.

“I actually have 46 years with the company,” said Pat Illig, a firefigher for Patton Fire Company. “I joined when I was 14.”

At a young age, Illig followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the company. Now, his son has done the same, and joined when he was just 14-years-old too.

Whether by blood or by choice, Illig says the bond between firefighters is strong.

To mark the 100th annual convention and the 125th anniversary of the Patton Fire Company, they have partnered with Woody Lodge Winery to bottle a limited edition commemorative red and white wine. The wine features a special label that will only be available until Aug. 1.

“Six dollars for every bottle is coming back to the Patton Fire Company, and we’re going to use that to help finance the convention,” said Brant.

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