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Community helps fire station that burned down

By Juliana Valencia
Published On: Aug 09 2014 06:43:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 09 2014 11:06:20 PM CDT
CARTERET COUNTY -

Community members gathered at the Otway Fire Department near Beaufort Saturday, to help raise money for a fire station that burned down. The North River Volunteer Fire Department lost four firetrucks, and all of its equipment during a fire in June.

Jennifer Willis and Dolores Lawrence helped organize the yard sale. Willis said fire fighters, volunteer or paid, are part of a brotherhood and sisterhood no matter what.

"When something bad happens the others ones drop everything they have to go help the ones that are in need," Willis said.

Willis said all of the items were donated, and that all the money raised will go to rebuilding the station. She said they raised about $1,500 Saturday.

Clyed Felton, a former president of the department, has been with the station since it opened over 30 years ago. He said he hopes they will be able to start rebuilding by the end of the year.

"We are not going to stay down. We're going to get up and we're going to continue fighting fires and supporting the community," Felton said.

North River Fire Fighters said they have been able to help out at fires in the area since their station burned down. A fire station in Lexington, North Carolina recently donated a fully equipped fire truck to North River.

Willis said just one firetruck is about $400,000 and the department's not sure insurance will cover all costs.

However, she was able to present the station with a fireman's bible - a rare find.  Community members names are written in the back. Felton said he plans on inscribing those names in the new building.

Donations can be made at any BB&T under the name, North River Volunteer Fire Department.