Shop with a Hero Shopping

Image: Stafford Students are ready to go shopping with fire fighters and police officers.

Shop With a Hero is a local organization that raises money so that Italy ISD students that are chosen by their teachers can go shopping for Christmas gifts for themselves and their family members. Each student may spend up to $300 each at WalMart.

Shop With a Hero Raffle Winners

Image: Spring Market employees with Fire Chief Don Chambers and Police Chief Cameron Beckham. The employees selected the four raffle winners.

The Shop With a Hero raffle was held today and was a big success thanks to everyone that purchased tickets. A big thank you also goes to the Spring Market for allowing us to hold the raffle drawing there and for their employees picking the winning tickets.

5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses a Success


Even though the weather did not cooperate on Saturday, the 5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses fundraiser was a success. Because of weather conditions, the fireworks show was cancelled.

5th Annual Italy Guns vs. Hoses Softball game is coming


The Italy Shop With a Hero Corporation is sponsoring the 5th Annual Guns vs. Hoses Softball game fund raiser on Saturday, July 9, 2016. The event will be held at the Italy High School softball complex on College Street with free admittance for all.

Guns vs Hoses Annual Softball Game with Fireworks


I hope everyone can come out and support this great program which gives back to the kids every year. We are switching it up a little this year by having some of the Italy High School playoff softball girls play with both the Police Officers and Firemen this year. This should add some excitement to the game and it gives the graduating seniors one more chance to play on their field. We encourage everyone to come out and have some fun and watch the Fireworks display after the game.

Thank You to Italy Merchants


The Emergency Services District #3 and the Italy Fire Department would like to thank the following local merchants for their gift certificate donations for our Appreciation Dinner:

Italy Police Dept and Italy Fire Dept. goes Christmas Shopping

Image: Front row: Bailey Eubank, Oralia, Taylor, Kaylee, Shamiyah, Isaac, JR
Back Row: Madison Washington, Alexis Sampley, Officer Elliott, Chief Martin, Firefighter Kimmons, Capt. Cate, Officer Click, Officer Saxon, Sgt Pitts, Officer Cherry, Lt B. Chambers

On December 15th, the Italy Police Dept. and the Italy Fire Dept. joined forces and took 6 Stafford Elementary children Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. After all of the shopping was done they had lunch together at CiCi’s pizza. Then they all ventured back to the Italy Community Center to wrap the presents and had cookies and punch for a snack. The Police Officers and Fireman had as much fun as the kids did shopping.

ESD recognize local fire department personnel

Image: Italy ESD board members and Italy Fire Department personnel.

The Emergency Service District #3 hosted the 12th Annual Fire Department Appreciation Dinner on Monday night in the Italy Community Center. ESD Board members are Jackie D. Cate, Vicente Guerrero, Howard Morgan, James Steele and Murrie Wainscott.

Thank You Italy!

The Italy Fire Department and Italy Police Department would like to thank everyone that supported their “Fill the Boot” campaign last Friday. Because of the generosity of the local community, over $600 was raised for Shop with a Hero. They appreciate the willingness of the citizens of Italy to open their hearts and pockets for this cause.

Fill the Boot this Friday


The Italy Fire Department and Italy Police Department are asking for the community’s help to raise funds for the annual Shop with a Hero.

Guns vs Hoses a huge success

On behalf of the Italy Police Department and Italy Fire Department, I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone that supported our Guns vs Hoses fundraiser on July 5th. I would also like to thank all of our sponsors for helping us raise money for the Shop with a Hero program. Without the support of the community and our great sponsors there isn’t any way for us to make this a successful program.

Guns & Hoses Softball Tournament Vendor Application


The third annual Guns & Hoses Softball Tournament is just around the corner! This family-fun, community event has something for everyone and benefits Italy’s Shop With A Hero program. Vendor applications are being accepted now. Join in on the fun by setting up a booth during the event.

Brotherhood Ride

Image: The Brotherhood Riders arrive in downtown Italy to honor Greg Pickard.

The Brotherhood Ride is comprised of firefighters, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement officers. They ride bicycles each year to honor first responders who died in the line of duty. They ride to show communities, families, friends and coworkers that the heroes will not be forgotten. This year they are riding 9 days to honor the 19 firefighters that lost their lives in the line of duty last year.

Fill the Boot a success

The Italy Fire Department and the Italy Police Department would like to say a special thank you to the Italy residents and those traveling through downtown Italy last Friday afternoon for supporting the Shop with a Hero program.

Fill the Boot for Shop with a Hero!

This afternoon, Friday, May 16, 2014, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, the Italy Fire Department will have a Fill the Boot fundraiser in downtown Italy. All monies raised at this event will benefit the Shop with a Hero program. Come out and help Fill the Boot!

Fill the boot for Shop with a Hero!


Italy’s Policemen and Firemen will be walking the parade route during the annual Italy Christmas Parade with boot in hand asking for donations to “fill the boot” for the “Shop with a Hero” program. Your donations will help make Christmas brighter for several Stafford Elementary children.

Milford citizens and Milford ISD evacuating

Italy ISD administration has been informed by the Italy Fire Department of a gas line explosion between Mertens and Milford. In a collaborative effort between emergency personnel of Italy, Milford and Forreston and Italy ISD, the Milford citizens and Milford ISD students are being evacuated to the Italy ISD dome and George Scott gymnasium.

Italy Volunteer Fireman teach fire safety at Stafford Elementary

Image: Italy’s volunteer firemen getting ready to show the Stafford students the fire truck.

Last week was fire safety week at Stafford Elementary. Students were being taught fire safety tips in their classrooms and practicing fire drills. But nothing is as fun as having the Italy volunteer firemen come in their big red fire engine and teach students how to be safe in the event of a fire.

Purchase your Guns vs Hoses T-shirt and wear it to the game on July 6th!

Image: These Guns vs Hoses T shirts are now for sale for $15.00 each.

Is everybody ready for the big game on Saturday, July 6th? What game you may ask, well, Italy’s 2nd annual Guns vs Hoses softball game of course! The Italy Police Department will try to make it two in a row against the Italy Fire Department who are determined to tie the series. Remember, all the proceeds go to benefit the Italy Shop with a Cop program.

From the Publisher: Ellis Emergency Service District #3 Tax Increase Proposal


Italy and the surrounding area’s fire district are in dire need of improving the fire department to take care of all of us in case of fire and ambulance needs. It is a volunteer fire station so it already runs for less. But it has needs to do its job for us, the people. As publisher of the Italy Neotribune I would ask all to support the very small increase in taxes. We will all get back benefits in help as well as lower fire insurance costs. Please vote favorably for the improvement.

Fire departments band together

Image: First responders from Telico, Bardwell, Italy and Milford gathered together to remember the fallen.

Telico, Bardwell, Milford and Italy Volunteer Fire Departments traveled down the road early Thursday morning. They were headed to the Memorial Service held at the Ferrell Center at Baylor University in the afternoon. The procession entered I-35 and joined other Fire Departments and the Patriot Guard already en route.

Cockerham helps with the emergency in West

Image: A sign of the West Fertilizer Company “Established since 1962”

Chaos, hurt, grief are just few of the words that come to mind when you think of the town 30 miles south of Italy. West, Texas, home of the best kolaches—maybe in the world, has been victim of an explosion so deep and so wide, it has affected the nation. The West Fertilizer plant exploded at 7:53 pm last Wednesday and many lost their lives, their homes, their loved ones and their peace of mind. However, volunteers from Italy and surrounding communities were among the first there to help.

Highway 35 North is blocked due to diesel explosion and fire

Image: Milford Police Chief Carlos Phoenix directs traffic away from the 386 on ramp along Highway 35 North where traffic has been blocked due to a tractor-trailer fire.

Italy — Avoid traveling north on Highway 35 toward Waxahachie. A tractor trailer exploded and caught fire backing up traffic for several hours along Chambers Creek Bridge. The south side is running smoothly. The photos taken in this article were taking by Italy Neotribune just before 3:00 p.m. with cleanup crews just arriving to the scene.

Italy Volunteer Firemen teach fire safety

Image: Miss Hellner’s fourth grade class enjoying Fire Safety Week at Stafford.

Monday at Stafford Elementary the Italy volunteer firemen drove up in their beautiful, red shinny fire engine. No, there was not a fire! These wonderful volunteer firemen of the Italy Volunteer Fire Department donated their time to the students to help them learn how to be safe in case of a fire.

Guns vs. Hoses additional images

Image: Police Chief Diron Hill and Italy Firefighter Donald Chambers teamed up their departments for a great cause to support the Italy Police Department’s “Shop with a Cop” charity.

Both the Italy Police Department and the Italy Fire Department arrive on scene to raise money for “Shop with a Cop” that will benefit deserving families during the Christmas holiday.

Firemen and Policemen Battle at Upchurch Field

Image: Winners of the first game, The Guns.

The skies may have surprised everyone with a little rain and thunder but the weather did not stop any fireworks or competition on the field. Guns & Hoses, a local fundraiser, arrived in Italy on Saturday night with all the bells and whistles and there was fun for everyone—all for a good cause, Shop With A Cop.

Local Fire District Hosts Annual Dinner for Volunteers

Image: Ellis County Emergency Service District honored the local volunteers at the annual dinner.

Local Ellis County Emergency Service District #3 took the opportunity of the special season of Christmas to honor the local volunteer firemen and their families on Monday night. The group met at the Mt Zion AME Church in Italy and the church’s youth fed the firemen bar-b-que, homemade potato salad, beans, deviled eggs and special desserts.

National Date Commemorated; Local Firemen Honored

Image: First Baptist Church honored our local firefighters and remembered the ones who lost their lives 10 years ago.

September 11, 2001 was a day remembered all over the nation. People of all walks of life lost their lives in a tragedy that surrounded our country in turmoil. However, in the midst of this remembrance, celebrations occurred all over the nation—celebrations of life.