Miracle at Dennis Station 1
Bench War becomes Bench Peace
These baby benches were discovered earlier this week at Dennis Fire Station 1.
WEST DENNIS - As many of our more alert readers know, a "Bench War" has been waged for many years between the Dennis and Yarmouth Fire departments . Earlier this week, though, an incident -- what many are calling a miracle -- occurred at Dennis Station 1 that might very well mean the onset of a "Bench Peace."
In the wee hours of the morning on December 4, a Dennis firefighter went to investigate "strange clattering noises" in a remote section of the station. Using a thermal imaging camera he was able to locate a heat source in a storage bay high above the apparatus room floor. Deploying an attic ladder, he was able to access the area and was shocked to find the Dennis Bench and the Yarmouth Bench surrounded by more than 50 baby benches.
An even more remarkable event occurred on the evening of December 6 when on-duty personnel at Station 1 were startled by the arrival of Santa Claus (right). The Jolly Old Elf explained that he had been observing the Bench War for some time and was sorely troubled by it. He thought that the arrival into the world of the baby benches was an opportunity to bring peace to the land. He ordered the Dennis jakes to pack up the baby benches so he could deliver them as a gift to the Yarmouth department.
No information is available at this time regarding the reaction of the Yarmouth department to the arrival of Santa and the baby benches.
(Story & Photos by Kevin Morley/CWN)