City of Gulfport (MS) Pays it Forward by Donating Fire Apparatus

The city of Gulfport gave the keys to an old fire truck to a small north Mississippi community that desperately needs one.

Gulfport city leaders said they will never forget is the outpouring of support they got back in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Coast. 

R. Lee Flowers, Gulfport councilman Ward 6, says, “We have a debt to pay to many cities and communities around the world that helped us in our great time of need and the only way we can repay them is to pay it forward.”

The Gulfport Fire Department was ready to get rid of five fire trucks when they learned a small town in north Mississippi with only 700 residents and a volunteer fire department was in desperate need.

Kilmichael has a small tax base and the city cannot afford the $200,000 for a new fire truck.

Kilmichael Mayor Ryan Wood said, “It is tremendous. I don’t even have the words for it. It is truly tremendous to us especially to have it donated.”

Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt said “This truck was actually donated to the city of Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina. Now we’re able to help somebody else out who’s having a hard time so that’s a pretty neat feeling for everybody that works here.”

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