Gulfport donates big gift to city in need - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Gulfport donates big gift to city in need

Mayor Hewes said a few words before donating the fire truck (Image Source: WLOX News) Mayor Hewes said a few words before donating the fire truck (Image Source: WLOX News)
The fire truck they donated was donated to the city of Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina (Image Souce: WLOX News) The fire truck they donated was donated to the city of Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina (Image Souce: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

It was like Christmas morning for the mayor and city leaders of Kilmichael, MS.

“As a small town, our funds are very limited as far as fire trucks. We have a volunteer fire department. It just means a lot to us to have a city to take care of us like that,” said Mayor Ryan Wood.

Gulfport city leaders learned about Kilmichael's situation through councilman R. Lee Flowers, who knew Wood. Councilman Flowers says after presenting the situation to the council, donating the truck was an easy decision.

“After Katrina, we actually received the truck that we're giving to Kilmichael from another community. We received so many blessings after Katrina from so many communities and cities around the world that the only way to ever repay that debt is to pay it forward,” said Flowers.

The Gulfport Fire Department acquired five new fire trucks a few months ago, and they were looking to auction off a few of the older ones, but Chief Michael Beyerstedt said donating this one is worth way more than money.

“The tax payers here and the council really do support our mission, so when you hear of a story like this, it kind of makes you realize how good you do have it,” said Beyerstedt.

The truck is over 15 years old, but Beyerstedt wanted it to look brand new when it arrived in Kilmichael.

“We cleaned it up. We gave it a nice polish job, and there's some equipment on there too. Some hoses we had spare and a few hand tools and things like that. So, it's not just a stripped down piece of equipment. They're getting a little bit of stuff with it too,” said Beyerstedt.

One of Kilmichael's city officials actually left his car here on the Coast, saying getting that fire truck back was more important.

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