Family Donates Fire Apparatus to Delmont (SD)

Thanks to a donation from the Lyons family from Sturgis, the Delmont Fire Department is fully equipped for the first time since a tornado ripped through the small town on May 10.

Autumn Lyons and her son, Cyrus, 9, of Sturgis, arrived in Delmont on Sunday with some members of the Sturgis Fire Department to deliver a wildland engine and complete the town’s search to replace what it lost in the tornado.

Delmont Fire Chief Elmer Goehring thanked the Lyons family for their generosity and was happy to have access to all of the equipment needed to fight fires in the district.

Following the devastating tornado, members of the Delmont Fire Department returned to their brand new fire hall only to find the roof partially collapsed. The damage to the building left the department needing about $30,000 to $40,000 in repairs to its pumper truck; its tanker truck and wildland engine were totaled, and the rescue van needed to be replaced.

All but one of those trucks had been repaired or replaced since the May 10 tornado, and with a little help from the Lyons family, the Delmont Fire Department is in the best possible position to fight all kinds of fires since before the town was decimated by the May 10 natural disaster.

The Lyons’ donation will help the Delmont Rural Fire Protection District fight wildfires in parts of Charles Mix, Douglas and Hutchinson counties. The truck, which saves the district about $30,000 by not having to replace the vehicle, can carry up to 200 gallons of water to combat a wildfire.

Autumn Lyons decided to donate the truck after hearing about all of the damage the department received from the tornado.

The truck belonged to Brent Lyons, Autumn’s husband, who died in 2014 after years of service with the Sturgis Fire Department. Lyons used the truck in the summers as a private contractor with his business, Lyons Wildfires, but Autumn Lyons decided it was time to find the truck a new home.

For their generosity, the Delmont Fire Department gave the Lyons family and the Sturgis Fire Department, who volunteered to deliver the vehicle, a plaque with a drawing from Mitchell-based artist David Finnell in honor of the heroism of firefighters. It was Delmont volunteer firefighter Dwight Brenner who had the idea to present the drawings.

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