Fire Truck Donation

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

November 3, 2006

It has been more than a year since Hurricane Katrina pummeled the gulf coast, but the people there are still trying to rebuild.

Some of them include a group of firefighters who now have less to worry about thanks to firefighters in Madison County.

A 31 year-old pumper truck made it way home to the Madison County Volunteer Fire Company Friday afternoon. Its time in the nest was great, but the firefighters there say it is time to go. There is just one problem.

"Well, we have a truck that has a very low re-sale value," said Troy Coppage of the Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.

Madison County's truck #2 may have little value, but since Hurricane Katrina it's become worth a lot.

"We have found the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company in Stone County, Mississippi who lost most of their belongings in Hurricane Katrina," said Coppage.

Coppage and others in Madison will be donating the truck to their brothers and sisters in Magnolia. The town of 2,000 people just outside of Biloxi did not lose everything, but in the long run this will help them get by.

"They don't have any income. The county has no income, so their opportunity to upgrade their equipment is down the road some time," said Chief Jack Fray of Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.

Helping the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company along the road will be a fire company almost a thousand miles away. This distance which will seem a lot closer next week.

Expenses for the trip will be around $2,000 dollars. The Madison County Volunteer Fire Company said they are thankful because they got a donation as well. A county resident gave a significant check to handle all their lodging and driving expenses.

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