The Watseka Fire Department and the Watseka Area Firefighters Association held its annual recognition banquet this past weekend. Past and present members of the firefighting family were recognized.
Former Bradley Fire Chief Steve Wilder was the featured speaker.
Family members of the late Walt "Bud" Romine were on hand for a special honor. The firefighting training facility, on the west edge of Watseka, on Route 24, has been named the 'Chief "Bud" Romine Training Facility.'
Walt Romine was a long-time member of the Watseka Fire department, including a stint as chief. He was also a lifetime member of the Eastern Illinois Mutual Fire Aid Association.