Denver Fire Department and a Lincoln County church have pitched in funds for an out-of-state fire department to purchase new equipment after the agency canceled a much-anticipated fundraiser last week due an unexpected food catastrophe.
According to various news media reports, Rock Hillâ€™s Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department lost power in a refrigeration unit Thursday night where more than 1,000 pounds of barbecue meat was being stored for a fundraiser the following day. The event was expected to raise nearly $7,000 for additional emergency equipment, authorities said.
According to a Denver Fire Department press release, local firefighters aided Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church in Denver with donating money to the South Carolina agency.
The church gave Oakdale a portion of the proceeds the house of worship received from a fish-fry fundraiser Webbs Chapel conducted on Friday.
The press release noted the tight-knit nature of the firefighting community, both local and beyond.
“We all understand the challenges that each other face with keeping up to date with training on firefighting procedures as well as keeping the organizationâ€™s finances in order,” the release said.
To donate to the Oakdale Fire Department, mail money to P.O. Box 11485, Rock Hill, S.C. 29731.