– Kure Beach’s New Town Hall and Fire Station
May 14, 2019 11:30 am
Welcome friends and neighbors to this special event, I am Craig Bloszinsky, the Mayor of this group of service minded commissioners which you elected and entrusted to guide the workings of this community. We welcome our guests from our neighbors, our county, our state, and our country who are here to celebrate with us. We are all proud and happy with this new facility. Today is a day of celebration and hope.
I thank Pastor Keck for asking God’s blessing on all those who had a hand in bringing this to reality. Who are these people, it is you, this is your building, you paid for it and it stands as your representative past and future devoted to your service. I also want to let the staff know, Nancy, Mike, John, Jimmy, Arlen, Nikki, Ed and their staff, that their service in moving to trailers, suffering the crunch of space, the extent of Hurricane Florence and its damage, moving back into a new structure and keeping all services as if things were normal was outstanding leadership on their part. Give them a hand, I ask that you remember that in your dealings with them as they work hard to support you.
As a community, Kure Beach, we are blessed with the incredible beauty of the ocean and the river, the insight of the fathers of our town in the layout and the vision of what it could be. We celebrate these new buildings today with the presence of the founding family, Punkie Kure, and the legacy of this pioneering and insightful family. There are two plaques representing the founding family that were part of the old structure, one will be added with the new dedication plaque in front of the town hall entrance and the other to a stand in front of the fire station, both original, historic and appropriate as testaments to the work and memory of these men.
Now lets dedicate these structures, you have just heard from Commissioner Allen Oliver how this complex was completed on time ( except for hurricane Florence’s impact ) and under budget. Remarkable in itself but you may ask “why now”? Our old building served us when the town had 1500 residents, we are now 1000 residents stronger, it is testament to the future of the Kure Beach that will be built in the 220 open lots and the future cottage rebuilds. It’s important as a place to work, to build morale for town and for staff, to represent you and this beautiful home of ours. It is a time of financial strength as this and other councils have built a strong financial base and reserve to ensure you the safety, services and cleanliness we all want.
Today we dedicate this complex of buildings to those who made this town their home and care for this community and its past and future. Notice that we did not add council names, this is not about Mayors or Commissioners this is yours and ours to the extent that we are citizens together to ensure that the character of our town is preserved.
Naming the Fire Hall
Now that the complex is dedicated as shown on this plaque, lets talk about naming the Fire Station.
Citizens of Kure Beach, we are not intending to name every building, however this moment in our history offers a unique opportunity to recognize selfless service across generations for an impressive period of time.
Your naming committee has followed the process under Article 4 Facilities, Section 4.03 Naming Public Facilities adopted 06/16/2009 to consider naming the new Fire Hall structure in the Town Complex.
There have been many volunteers for our Fire Dept. over the years, individuals like Wayne Bostic who served as chief and dedicated 47 years to this town. I would say that beyond Wayne and other respected individuals none have contributed at the levels of three generations of the Heglar Family.
Fire Dept. Service : Harold – 45 years, 42 as Chief, official leader of the Fire Dept. growth till last year. Jerry – 45 years volunteer service as fire fighter, one year as Chief. David – 22 years volunteer service as fire fighter, 13 years voluntary service as Emergency Manager. These three men provided 125 years of service to the Fire Dept. More than a century of volunteer work over 3500 emergency calls and only 13 years of salary to Harold as the Fire Chief. 112 years flat out free to this town, to you citizens.
These courageous men walked into buildings on fire, took small boats into the fog to rescue errant boaters and into the surf in all seasons to rescue distressed individuals in the water. They accepted the mental burden of managing hurricane recoveries, leaving home, family and any activities at any time of day or night when others needed help. I have no idea how to measure that.
This tally is not near complete as it does not cover the service on Town Council for David or his Grandfather Dub. It does not include Dub’s tenure as Police Chief for the 5 times he stood in to serve when the town had no officer, or his 25 years of service as the Director of Public Works. It does not include the service of Michael as lifeguard or in Public Works. It does not include Diane and Harolds founding of the Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show we have enjoyed for the past 19 years. It does not cover the support of the Heglar Wives, Sons and Daughters to their men and the town during hurricane recoveries and other emergencies.
Therefore The Naming Committee and Council are proud to name the new Fire Hall Heglar Station in recognition of the incredible service of this family to this town. Life Guards, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Emergency Manager, Councilman, Firefighters, Director Public Works, this family is part of the lasting fabric of this town and these men especially and their families most certainly deserve your gratitude.
Jerry and David grab each end of the item on the table, Harold please pull off the cover. The sign will be affixed to the building as shown on this slide.
This community does have HOA’s but I tell you Kure Beach is the entire community, the entire community is our neighborhood, so I ask you all to get involved, step up to serve as a volunteer as these and others on our town committees, the beauty and success of our town depends on it.
Now please adjourn to the outside of the building for the ribbon cutting.