To the Editor,
The New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department applied for a $50,000 loan from the Hancock County Commission. Note, we said loan, not grant or gift. What these volunteers go through in training, fundraising, community support, etc..., we, the residents of the area, should support these volunteers.
The loss of their truck was due to a very unfortunate, tragic incident that brought the community together for the victims' families, which was a wonderful show of love and support. What about the firemen that were in the truck at the time? They were victims also. Not only were they involved, but they were the ones who, without thought of themselves, dealt with the situation at hand.
Remember, these are the guys who come at 2 a.m., when a loved one is having chest pains. Do they say, "I'm not going, I have to go to work in the morning." No, they respond. When a tree falls on your house during a storm, do they come when it quits raining? No, they respond. When an elderly person or small child wanders off, do they wait until morning to look for them? No, they respond.
Now is the time they need us. Let's respond and show them we are here to help. Please dig down and give something, a dollar, five dollars, whatever you can spare. When these volunteers respond, they never know if they may pay the ultimate price. They are willing to give up everything for you and your property, so let us give back so they can have the equipment to do their job.
Please make checks payable to the New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department and send all donations to NMVFD, PO Box 503, New Manchester, WV 26056.
If you don't live in this area, please donate to your local volunteer department. I am sure they can use the support also.
Scott A. Highfield