'Unreal' Turnout at Gordon Fire Dept. Fundraiser

Posted at: 09/27/2013 11:00 PM
Updated at: 09/28/2013 9:25 AM
By: Zach Hammer

The small northwestern Wisconsin community of Gordon came together on Friday night to support their volunteer fire department, after a blaze destroyed their fire hall, and over a million dollars worth of fire trucks and equipment last week.

One of the event's co-organizers say the turnout for the Friday fundraiser, was "unreal," saying she believes they served about 600 people food  the population of Gordon is 645.

"It's great. We already made a good chunk," said Cathy Rose, one of the event's organizers. "We had three $1,000 donations come in tonight. It's all been really good... overwhelming"

Rose says that there's no doubt in her mind that the fire station will be rebuilt.

"I'm sure they will. It'll be there. It was those boys' home."

Even with all the support and monetary donations they've received, there's a lot that needs to be done before that will happen.

"Every time there's a catastrophic event, the communities come together, even the fire departments," said Dan Jones, a volunteer firefighter. "And when we join as brothers in the service, nothing but good comes of it."

Jones says they've received messages of support and donations from Indiana up to Canada.

If you would like to send a monetary donation to the Gordon Fire Dept.:

Gordon Fire Hall Benefit

National Bank of Commerce

PO Box 279

Solon Springs, WI 54873