On June 29, the Evergreen Volunteer
Fire Department recognized one of its giants and perhaps
the last active member of the founding group, Ken Jans.
The 6:00 meeting was held at the Fire Station/Town
items for the event are shown in the picture below and
included a beautifully decorated cake which included the
language, “For Your Many Years of Service, Mr. Ken”.
In excess of a dozen former and
current firemen, including new fire chief, Will Rogers
were in attendance. Brother David Trimbur gave the
blessing; Gerald Normand, former fire chief, conducted
the recognition ceremony; and Ken cut the cake.
Gerald reviewed Ken’s involvements
as a volunteer and expressed appreciation for his many
years of dedicated service to the department. At the
conclusion of his remarks, Gerald presented Ken with a
beautiful watch which has the Fire Department emblem in
the center. “EFD” is at the top and “Jans” at the
Congratulations to Ken Jans on this
recognition and for a job well done. Many Pelicans are
grateful to him for his unselfish years of dedicated
service as a volunteer fireman.
Footnote: Nettie Jans was mayor of Evergreen from
1982-85 and also the first woman mayor. Our community is
indebted to both of them. Nettie currently is the
care-taker of the funds donated to
Story and pictures provided by Mike