The Smithville firehall will be dedicated in honor of the late Mr. Cecil Burger, longtime former Smithville mayor and alderman who passed away recently. While the building will apparently not be renamed for him, it will bear a plaque in appreciation to Mr. Burger for his support of the fire department in having the building constructed.
The aldermen gave their blessing for the dedication at the request of Fire Chief Charlie Parker during Monday night's city council meeting. "We would like to dedicate the new firehall building in honor of Mr. Cecil Burger. We've discussed it with the family. Mr. Burger was very instrumental, both as mayor and alderman in the construction, development, and planning of the fire hall building. He was a very good supporter of the fire department throughout the years. We're going to see about putting up a plaque in honor of Mr. Burger at the fire hall. We would like to get permission from the board to do that," said Chief Parker.
The Smithville Fire Department hosted a dedication, open house, and ribbon cutting in September, 2008 to commemorate the opening of the new fire hall downtown.