As you may be aware, Marion County has been devastated recently by wildfires. In fact, the largest wildfire in the state of Texas was here in the Marion/ Cass county area. We didn’t get the press that the Bastrop fire got. I guess it is not as sexy to report in front of a $30,000 home in a rural county when you can stand in front of million dollar McMansion out side of Austin.
Firefighters came as far away as California to help us put out these horrific fires. The Red Cross mobilized teams from all over the United States to provide relief and assistance to the victims and the firefighters. Many people did a lot and all did some.
These small volunteer fire departments struggle to fund fires of these magnitudes. Money is alwasy tight and this recession has hit rural American harder then it has the big cities. Cities have struggled to fund their services and Jefferson is no different. As an example, our brush truck is over 35 years old. The firefighters that fought these fires gave up days from work and money that their families could have used to pay bills. It is tough for these volunterr fire departments and we all need to pull together to help these heroes out.
Here in one of the many ways that we can all pull together and have fun at the same time. Please help our Firefighters!!
Parade of Umbrellas
SATURDAY ~ OCT. 1 @ 5 PM
CITY HALL, CORNER OF POLK & AUSTIN
Bring your Umbrellas, decorated or not,
(rainboots and slickers too!) and participate
in this benefit for our LOCAL and AREA FIREFIGHTERS!
We’ll parade to the Visitor-Transportation Buildlng and
enjoy a meal, entertainment and silent auction at a
suggested donation of $20 per person!
LET’S PROMOTE MORE RAIN AND THANK OUR FIREFIGHTERS!