Fire Dept. hit by tornado preparing for anniversary - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Fire Dept. hit by tornado preparing for anniversary

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---March 2nd, 2012 is documented in photos at the Milton Fire Department.

A scrapbook shows the damage that firefighters dealt with after a tornado touched down on the firehouse.

One firefighter was inside the fire department at the time. He survived the tornado.

"It was a horrible thing to go through, and we're very lucky that Andrew wasn't hurt, or anybody else wasn't hurt when the tornado hit the firehouse," says Chief Jason Long.

The tornado sent equipment into a nearby field and trees.

It destroyed the building, a fire truck, and the volunteer fire department's fish fry trailer, which they use to make money.

Photos are now framed to remind them of how far they've come since that day.

"You didn't sleep. It was two months of constant work around the clock and no sleep," says Vicki McQueary, the President of the Milton Fire Department.

With help from strangers, other fire departments, and community members, they were able to rebuild.

LG&E also donated money for a new fish fry truck.

Without the community's help, they say they wouldn't be back in action.

"You name it. There were people all over wanting to donate fire trucks, wanting to donate anything they could. We had a huge support base and still do to this day. We still get people wanting to help out," says Chief Jason Long.

That's why on the upcoming tornado anniversary, they plan to do their part to give back. They are hosting a private event for the people who helped them in their time of need.

Looking back, they hope it's a day they'll never experience again.

"I just don't wish this on anybody," says Vicki McQueary.

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