Fireman’s Ball to make return in Steamboat, benefit help fund
Steamboat Springs — A group of wives and friends of firefighters is reviving what once was a long-standing tradition.
Steamboat Springs’ first Fireman’s Ball was Nov. 26, 1897, at City Hall and was held to raise money to buy equipment for Steamboat’s newly established volunteer fire department.
“Good music will be in attendance and so far as arrangements can go the affair is already an assured success,” the newspaper reported to its readers before the event.
More than 100 years later, the ball is returning for a department that is 24 full-time firefighters strong. Proceeds from the Jan. 28 Steamboat Springs Fireman’s Ball at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort will be used to create a community assistance fund.
Racquel Lindroth, wife of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Chief Ron Lindroth, is helping organize the ball with about 10 other women.
“Ron and I had a vision that it would be really nice to bring back the ball,” she said.
She said the community assistance fund would be used for public safety education, such as promoting helmet use, and giving assistance to those in immediate need.
“If we needed to get a family into a hotel, we could do it that night,” Racquel Lindroth said. “The goal is to really start giving back to the community.”
Ron Lindroth said offering immediate help to people affected by a tragedy could be difficult.
“We don’t have a means for that right now because there is no public funding for that,” he said.
Tickets for the 6 p.m. event are $65 and can be purchased by e-mailing firerescue@steam
boatsprings.net by Jan. 22. The cost includes a formal dinner, music by Missed the Boat and one drink. Organizers hope to draw 250 people to the event, including emergency responders from other agencies.
The event should offer a bit of class in a town where often the only people wearing a tie are in a courtroom. Firefighters will be dressed in their formal Class A uniforms.
“They’re going to look sharp,” Racquel Lindroth said. “We wanted to have a classy event.”
Ron Lindroth said his firefighters are looking forward to the ball.
“This is a big event,” he said. “It’s a chance for our firefighters and the community to share some time together.”
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