Side-by-Side Dedicated in Memory of Chief Bert Anderson
Hundred Volunteer Fire Department’s newest addition – a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) – has a significance beyond its usefulness. The UTV was one of the late Hundred VFD Chief Bert Anderson’s final wishes.
The UTV’s delivery to the department was made official Wednesday, March 6. Then, Office of Emergency Management Director Steve Yoho explained his friendship, which included hunting and fishing, with Anderson.
About six months ago, the night before Anderson unexpectedly passed away, he had requested Yoho’s assistance in acquiring two UTVs for the Hundred VFD.
Yoho sought to make Anderson’s dream a reality. He spoke to the Wetzel County Commission, which approved the task of sending letters to oil companies, requesting help in purchasing the UTV. TransCanada came forward and graciously donated the funds to purchase the UTV, a 2018 Honda 700-4.
Hundred VFD credits TransCanada for the donation, Yoho and the Wetzel County Commission for all of their work in getting the UTV donated, as well as Bridgeport Equipment for donating the added hard top.
Brittany Carns, a representative from TransCanada, stated her company was happy to be able to played a role in the purchase. She stated she has worked with Commissioner Larry Lemon previously, and it has been an honor to work in Wetzel County.
After Anderson’s dream came to fruition, the Hundred VFD then dedicated the UTV to Anderson. Thus, the UTV has a decal on the front window, which reads “Little Bert.” An additional “Little Bert” sticker was also given to the wife of Bert, Sharon.
“Little Bert” has been customized with lights and a siren, and a trailer was also purchased so that the UTV can be hauled to different locations.
It was explained the UTV has already proven its usefulness. It was used on a search and rescue mission, and was also used during a brush fire response.
The UTV’s call sign is going to be “Little Bert 6,” or LB6. Notably, the fire department will also have a 3,000-gallon tanker arriving, which will be named Big Bert 6.