GORDON - Both organizers of the Gordon Fire Hall fundraiser and Gordon firefighters were pleasantly surprised by the support from the community.
The event started at 4 p.m. Friday at the Gordon Town Hall, and not even an hour in, the line was already out the door.
The dinner, silent auction and door prizes were a joint effort from residents and businesses throughout the area.
“Our fire department is so used to serving others and helping others, and now the shoe is on the other foot. And you have this outpouring of support and help that it’s just very humbling, and very gratifying,” Pam Boettcher, an organizer, said.
“It’s hard to believe, you can see there is already a lot of people out here and it just started,” Mike Chmielecki, the Gordon Fire Chief, said. “Right now we’re working out of our town highway department shop. We have all of our equipment stored in one area, we can respond to calls right now. So, it’s a good thing.”
Chmielecki said they are currently working with the insurance company and still taking inventory of damaged equipment.
He says it will be a long process, but hopes to start building in the same location by the end of fall.