The Shawneetown Fire Department Is This Week's Hometown Hero

Our first Hometown Heroes of 2021 are a team of firefighters who are proving the bond they have goes far beyond their teamwork on 911 calls.

Posted: Jan 23, 2021 3:52 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2021 11:55 AM

Our first Hometown Heroes of 2021 are a team of firefighters who are proving the bond they have goes far beyond their teamwork on 911 calls.

"We've known for a long time that our community is behind us 100 percent on what we do," says Nathan Golden, firefighter.

It's in the small city of Shawneetown where the sense of community is alive and well.

But it's inside the station on Posey Avenue where 30 volunteer firefighters answer the call to help everyday.

"We've got guys that do everything here," says Golden. "We've got guys from truck drivers, to farmers, to coal miners."

Within the last year, they found one of their own has a loved one in another battle.

"We got a brother in need," says Golden. "Cancer is a bad thing. We can't do anything else about it other than just try to help him in anyway that we can."

In the last week, the crew brainstorming ways to do their part.

Their final idea: a fish fry.

"Everything is 100 percent donated," says Golden. "Everything from fish, potatoes, drinks."

Due to the pandemic, the meals will be pick up only, but the response has been what firefighters call overwhelming.

"I mean it's just absolutely unreal the amount of people that are stepping up," says Golden. "I mean even if it's just a Facebook post, I mean it's still, it's unbelievable the community support that we've got."

There isn't a set amount on what they plan to raise, but all the money will go towards the family.

The plan is to serve as many people as they can.

And like many families, they are there to have each others back, in both the good and bad.

"It just fills you with joy just knowing everyone is stepping and doing what they can," says Golden.

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