The local Ford plant surprised a volunteer department with a brand new emergency vehicle to replace one of the four that were lost when their fire station burned in August.
“To go from what I saw that morning to this, it’s just fabulous. You just can’t put it into words what this means to me and what this means to the department and the community,” Lt. John Butler said.
“It’s unbelievable,” Captain Harold Herndon said.
“I tell you I’m very proud to be on the department, but it’s very nice to live in a community that thinks enough of you to do something like this,” Lt. Kenneth Whitaker said.
Longtime Mt. Eden Firefighters Herndon and Whitaker say this donation is the latest step in rebuilding after the place they’d fought fires from for so many years went up in flames and they were unable to stop it.
The new vehicle is marked with a phoenix logo and the words rising from the ashes, something Lt. John Butler says is meant to commemorate their loss while looking towards the future. The department has already started construction plans for their new and improved fire station.
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