Bank releases funds back to Ben Wheeler VFD as community rallies in support
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 6:11 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2022 at 9:55 PM CST
Secretary for the department, Amanda Norman, says they received lots of community support this past week.
“We appreciate all of the love and support we received from the community. A lot of people reached out and said ‘we’re here for y’all.’ Let us know what you need,” said Norman.
And according to the Fire Chief Gary Ross, local fire departments stepped up to help if needed.
Although he always knew he wanted to fly, on Thursday, he was reminded why he wanted to become a U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant.
“It’s moments like this ... this is why you join. Getting able to go out and search and save somebody’s life,” Travis Rhea said.
The fire destroyed a home in the 9200 block of Lakeshore Drive. According to Smith County Deputy Fire Marshal Barron Wedgeworth, a homeowner heard a noise upstairs at around 8:07, went to see what it was, and saw a fire. The residents were able to get out safely. No one was injured, including firefighters.