Firefighters buy gifts for those whose houses were destroyed - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Firefighters buy gifts for those whose houses were destroyed

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Louisville firefighters are continuing to assist those they have already helped once.  Dozens of firefighters gathered at the K-Mart of Poplar Level Road for Christmas shopping.

They bought gifts for about 300 children whose homes were burned down or destroyed by natural disasters.  The firefighters work with the American Red Cross to provide the gifts.

Brian O'Neill with Louisville Professional Firefighters explains, "We see people when they are at their worst.  We're the first people on the scene when someone is having the worst day of their life.  We have to be very professional, handle it as cleanly and efficiently as we can, and this time when the emergency is gone and the fire is not blazing, we want to help people when it's more calm and show the compassionate side as well." 

The members of Louisville Professional Firefighters Local 345 collected $5,000 to buy the gifts.

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