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PFD responded to Athens for mutual aid on a structure fire this afternoon. PFD worked alongside Athens FD, Petersburg Rural FPD, and Sherman FD to extinguish the fire. All crews made a quick stop, and...
PFD was paged for automatic aid to Athens Fire Department for an attached garage fire in Cantrall. All residents were accounted for and no injuries were reported.
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PFD assisted with a multi-agency mutual aid call last night in rural Menard County. Great job to all members of the departments on scene! No injuries reported.
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PFD responded to a mutual aid structure fire at Lake Petersburg with Petersburg Rural early this morning. Tallula Fire, Menard EMS and the Menard Co. Rescue Squad also assisted. Occupants of the resid...
Monday, September 26th, 2022
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Huge thanks to Image Design & Landscaping in Petersburg for their amazing work on our landscaping project!!!!
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Please join us in congratulating one of our own, Firefighter Colton Doerr and his beautiful bride Lauren! A beautiful ceremony was held on Saturday September 24th at the Farmstead in rural Petersburg....
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Great day for a parade at Harvest Fest 2022! Huge thanks to everyone who joined us this morning at our Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast!!!!
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022
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PFD hosted their annual IFSI propane burn training tonight at the firehouse. We had a great turnout for this fantastic training opportunity. Thanks to IFSI and our instructors tonight as well as Prair...
Maltese Cross History

When a courageous band of crusaders known as the Knights of St. John, fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but a horrible device of war, it wrought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross. The Saracen's weapon was, fire.

As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens hurled a flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.

Thus, these men became our first firefighter and the first of a long list of courageous firefighters. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each here a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one firefighter's wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.

The Maltese Cross is your symbol of protection. It means that the firefighter who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a firefighter's badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage - a ladder rung away from death.


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