About 50 firefighters gathered in Marshdale on Nov. 10 to celebrate the dedication of Station 3 in honor of Mark Davidson, an Evergreen volunteer firefighter and officer for 29 years.
Located at Highway 73 and Turkey Creek Road, Station 3 serves south Evergreen.
Davidson was a member of the fire department since 1979 and was chief officer for 22 years, including assistant, operations, training and rescue chief. He was known for his leadership ability and dedication to teaching.
In addition to running an insurance business, he answered hundreds of calls every year and fought major fires, including the Hi Meadow, the Hayman, Buffalo Creek, Cherokee Ranch and Snaking.
“It’s exciting to be able to dedicate this building to a person who has dedicated a great deal of his life to the fire service, the department and his community. This is our way of saying thank you for your effort,” said Chick Dykeman, president of the board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District.
“This is the biggest honor I could think of,” Davidson said. “It reminds me the fire service is the ultimate team sport. You can’t put out a fire by yourself. Having my name on the wall is off the chart. But it’s really about everybody.”
Davidson said he misses having the pager off and not going out on calls, but he misses the people more than anything else.
“Thank you for watching my back for 29 years,” Davidson said to his fellow firefighters, echoing the words of his son Ryan, a private first class in the U.S. Army, at Davidson’s retirement pary last summer.