Car dealer helps fire company

July 30, 1997


Staff Writer

HALFWAY - Halfway Volunteer Fire Co. officials on Wednesday showed off a 1996 Ford Taurus that has served as the chief's car since the beginning of the year.

Administrator Jeff Ringer said he wanted to publicly thank owner Rick Kelly, who agreed to pick up half of the $8,000 tab for the two-year lease.

"What we really want to stress is the corporation's cooperation," Ringer said.

Fire officials said the gift is an important first step in a new fund-raising strategy.

In the past, Ringer said, the company mailed solicitations to every residence and business in its service area.

About 30 percent of the residences have donated, Ringer said but fewer than one percent percent of the 277 businesses contributed anything in 1996.


Jim Kimble, president of the volunteer company, said fire officials have spent much of this year meeting face-to-face with business leaders in an attempt to drum up donations.

Ringer said the department needs a new computer system and will have to replace its $750,000 ladder truck in the next two to three years.

Kelly said he could afford to help because of booming sales the last two years.

"I've been in town less than two years now. I wanted to be part of the community," he said.

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