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Big Sandy RECC meets a need for local volunteer fire department

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 3:23 PM EDT
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - W.R. Castle Fire Department near Paintsville in Johnson County reached out to the community for help once they recognized a need and recently got that need met in a big way.

“Over the last few years, we’ve just seen more need for a four-wheel-drive vehicle for our department,” said Deputy Chief Brian Jeffiers, “To get out there to the forest fires, to get out in severe weather, we had the severe cold weather in the ice and snow this past winter.”

Big Sandy RECC, a local electric cooperative that has been in operation since the 1940s, works closely with W.R. Castle FD when bad weather hits the mountains or when needing a roadblock to work on in power lines. When the company’s president heard that the department was searching for help, the company stepped up.

“We heard that they had a need and we had something that they needed,” said Big Sandy RECC President and General Manager Bruce Davis.

Davis and Big Sandy RECC donated the department a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado on Thursday, Oct. 14.

“We were more than happy and really appreciate the opportunity for us to be able to give them the truck,” said Davis.

The department is very thankful for the donation and has a mutual respect for the jobs of linemen and what Big Sandy RECC provides for the community as well.

“We know those linemen are out there, so we’re kind of different sides of the same coin in terms of being out there to serve the community,” said Deputy Chief Jeffiers. “They found a great way to help us out with our part of it, of course, we’re always there to help them as well.”

The donation, in large part, was a thank you to those who risk their lives to protect others.

“Take your hat off to all our volunteer fire departments,” said Davis. “Without them, our communities would be in so much worse shape than what we are.”

Deputy Chief Jeffiers also said the truck did need a bit of a makeover with department decals and lights, but it has a lot of life left to serve the community for years to come.

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