Fire department says "thanks" to those who helped them rebuild after tornado

The new fire department.
The new fire department.

TIRMBLE COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - They said they weren't sure they'd be able to survive after the March 2 tornado took out their fire house, but thanks to the help of their community and strangers, Milton Fire and Rescue were able to rebuild.

Saturday, August 11, they're holding an open house as a thank you to all those who helped them get through a very difficult time.

Fire Chief Jason Long said he can't wait to show off their new building. "It's a better building. It's better for us and it's going to serve the community a lot better." The last five months have been an uphill battle responding to the needs of their district after their building and a truck were demolished.

Luckily, they didn't lose any men. Andrew Stark was the only firefighter in the house at the time. "I had to kick two doors out and I was fine," he explained about that afternoon. He said he took shelter in a bathroom. The area where that once stood has now been transformed into a permanent area for people to take cover from storms.

Long said it was thanks to insurance money they could get that addition, along with the building as a whole. However, it didn't cover the daily cost to operate. "We're a non-taxable department. All of our money is from donations."

It also did not cover one of their most prized items, a fish fry trailer. "The fish fry trailer we do one (cookout) almost every weekend," said Long. With no trailer he said they couldn't bring in any money. "We were really unsure as to what is going to happen to our future."

Long said LG&E stepped in with the cash to buy a new and better place to cook. "We're able to do a lot more. We used to only to fish. Now, we can do chicken, hamburgers pretty much everything."

Others gave money so they could pay their bills. "Those donations have acted like we've never lost a fish fry," explained Long.

The open house starts at 11 a.m. at the new Station #2 on Highway 421 North. Long said they're going to have a fish fry for free, but they will take donations. He said the department really just want to say thank you to everyone who helped out.

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