Just before the Strawberry Festival 2014, it was announced that our very own, longtime volunteer Firefighter/EMT Mike Kirk had been selected as this year's Grand Marshal. Mike, who has been a volunteer with VIFR since 1967, is a beloved islander known for his communication, compassion and community service. As a teacher and former middle school principal, which position he held for over 30 years, Mike has had contact with most islanders - some for generations of family members. His lovely wife Patti has also volunteered with VIFR for 34 years. For his tireless volunteer work with different community efforts including the Heritage Association and others, VIFR congratulates Mike!