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Fire department to get new home

Friday, March 15, 2002

MARSTON - One good deed deserves another - and another.

The 10 to 15 members of the Marston Volunteer Fire Department have worked to provide fire protection not only to their community but also the surrounding area for years. They have responded to car fires along the interstate, house fires at neighboring communities and grass fires in nearby rural areas.

"We go where we are needed," said Donald Ferguson, who fills dual roles as volunteer fireman and alderman for the city of Marston.

For several years, the department has stored its equipment and vehicles in a converted block building which once served as the kitchen for the Marston school. Soon, however, they will have a new home.

The Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corp. donated a section of property adjacent to their Marston building to the fire department. The 105-foot area of land will be the site of a new building for the volunteer fire department.

And to kick off the construction effort, the Lilbourn Veterans of Foreign War Post 7183 donated $10,000.

Ferguson and Mayor Paul Haubold were all smiles over the announcements this week.

"We are always glad to work with communities to bring improved facilities," said Phyllis Williams, purchasing and procurement director for DAEOC. "This will help the communities we serve and will help Marston."

Williams presented the title to city officials and got a tour of the site from Ferguson.

The donation from the VFW Post is one of the largest the department has received and Ferguson said they intend to keep construction costs at the $10,000 donation or less. The mayor added he hoped to see construction of the 40 by 40-foot metal building begin as soon as possible.

Rudolph Hayes, commander of the post, explained the donation was made possible through the money raised by bingo games at the VFW post.

He noted the post has members in Marston as well as Lilbourn and throughout the area. Hayes said the donation was made in memory of all local veterans from Marston who have served their country in foreign wars.

According to Marston city officials, the site will be cleared as soon as possible. Construction on the building should begin this month.