Paying it Forward

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

A Morgan County family opened up their home last week to feed volunteer firefighters who saved their barn from being burned to the ground in mid-January.

A blazing barn fire broke out behind the Coleman family’s home during a rare snowstorm on January 17 in the wee hours of the night.

Casey and Donna Coleman are they owners of a property on Fairplay Road in Rutledge. The couple has two children, Claire, 17, and Jackson, 10, who both attend Morgan County schools, and who were both at home at the time of the fire.  One of the family’s pigs was killed during the raging barn fire.

“Our family would like to express our gratitude to the Morgan County Volunteer Firefighters for volunteering their time protecting our community day and night.  These dedicated men and women put themselves in harm’s way to protect others and seldom receive the recognition and praise they deserve.  The firefighters saved our family, home, and animals, as well as other important structures from the fire that destroyed our barn.  Without these dedicated individuals, the damage would have been far more devastating.  We are so thankful,” said the Coleman family in a joint statement.

The Coleman family was able to personally thank some of the firefighters who saved their home. The Coleman family invited them all over for pizza last week.

“It’s a small thing, but it’s the least we can do,” said Donna Coleman.

According to Donna Coleman, the volunteer firefighters who responded to the call braved the severe cold and snowstorms as they fought the barn fire for hours before it was fully extinguished.

“The barn was a total loss, but they came out and prevented our other barn and our home from catching fire. They were out there all night in 18-degree weather until about 7 a.m.,” said Donna Coleman.  “It’s just amazing what these firefighters do. Everyone should know how they put their lives on the line for our community.”

Twenty-five volunteer firefighters showed up to the Coleman property that night. According to the Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR), those firefighters were: Rich Archer, from Station 1, CJ Armstrong, Station 2, Chad Cepuran, from Station 6, Station Chief Bill Cofer, from Station 3, District Chief Jerry Couch, from Station 9, Station Chief David Crist, from Station 3, Kenneth Doyal, Jr., from Station 9, Cory Eaton, from Station 16,

Jenny Fox, from Station 3, Steve Fox, fro Station 3, Timothy Frederick, from Station 9, Kemron Johnson, from Station 3, Assistant Station Chief Sam Lee from Station 9, Drew Owens, from Station 9, John Peters, from Station 6, and Lacey Ruark, from Station 3.

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