"Boise Firefighters Pipes & Drums" honorary member named on Saint Patrick's Day

Posted at 10:11 PM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 11:56:35-04

BOISE — “I’ve been dancing the Irish Jig for a few years when they play on Saint Patrick’s day," said Frank Parks, Boise resident.

Frank Parks loves to watch the "Boise Firefighters Pipes and Drums" every year on Saint Patrick's Day.

"We practice every week. We typically go to a fire station when we’re off duty and just spend an hour together every week. Every one of our members are Boise Firefighters and this is something that we do voluntarily,” said Michael Menlove, Pipe Major, Boise Firefighters Pipes & Drums.

This year has been more difficult for Parks.

“It means--I lost my wife just little over a month ago. One of her favorite days was Saint Patrick’s Day. I thought it would be very hard for me.”

The fire department still asked him to come and perform his jig.

"They insisted that I join them and do the dance and I did. It made it a lot easier.”

They gave him a special gift of a challenge coin and they named him an honorary member.

"It's a great, great honor. I don’t know why they gave it to me, but they did and I appreciate it because I know they don’t give it easily.”

It means the world to parks to be part of the Boise Fire Department.

“They adopted me and made me an honorary member. What an honor.”