Fire department cooking pork for Relay for Life

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

By Kathy Chaffin

Salisbury Post

Planning a Super Bowl party?

The Bostian Heights Fire Department will sell Boston pork butts on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, as a fundraiser for Rowan County Relay for Life.

The pork butts are $25 each and will be available at 2 p.m. at the fire department, located at the intersection of Old Concord Road and N.C. 152.

Bostian Heights firefighters will barbecue the pork butts. Fire Chief Mike Zimmerman says the fire department sells barbecued pork for fundraisers throughout the year.

“Our niche is barbecuing,” he says. “We also cook turkey at Thanksgiving and turkey and barbecue at Christmas.”

This will be the department’s second Relay for Life fundraiser. Zimmerman says the department organized its own team for the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser last year.

“We have a lot of family and friends with cancer,” he says, “and we just thought this is a way we can give back to the community.”

Last year, firefighters sold Boston pork butts at a March fundraiser, purple Relay bows and had a raffle for turnout gear and a helmet donated by Globe and Cairns fire department equipment companies.

Zimmerman says firefighters sold the raffle tickets to other departments and relatives and friends of firefighters. The turnout gear went to a Gold Hill firefighter, while the Cairns helmet went to a firefighter in Charlotte.

The team, called The Heights, raised $8,234. “For our first year, I thought we did excellent,” he says.

Firefighters Steve Osborne and Chad Crainshaw are team captains. Zimmerman says the team has set $10,000 as its goal for this year’s Relay fundraiser.

The department also holds fundraisers to raise money for special causes, he says. Firefighters collected furniture and other household supplies for West Virginia families who lost their homes to flooding.

To order a Boston pork butt, call the Bostian Heights Fire Department at 704-857-0208.

Contact Kathy Chaffin at 704-797-4249 or