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Ford donates truck to Mt. Eden Fire Department's rebuilding effort

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Mt. Eden Fire Department's new truck, courtesy of Ford. Mt. Eden Fire Department's new truck, courtesy of Ford.
The site where Mt. Eden Fire Department will rebuild their headquarters. The site where Mt. Eden Fire Department will rebuild their headquarters.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Months after a devastating fire, the Mt Eden volunteer fire department is still trying to rebuild to make up for what was lost.

On Wednesday, Ford donated a truck that's been modified for fire and medical use, a gift that means a lot considering Mt Eden has to rebuild its fire department from the ground up.

Ford's donated expedition is equipped with lights, sirens, and striping.

On August 5th, everything changed for the Mt. Eden volunteer Fire Department.

A late night fire took everything they had, including four fire trucks, gear, and equipment.

"Probable cause was an electric problem but it's still unspecified -- but it is non-suspicious," Lt. John Butler explained.

He said it hasn't been easy trying to replace everything they lost.

"We've been talking to people all over the country from insurance to insurance investigators to ATF, trying to get things ordered, get things spec'd out," Butler said.

He said rather than focusing on how the fire started, or why, it's time to focus on the future.

Butler, a long-time Ford employee, had asked the company if it would consider making a donation.

"I sent an email to my boss and from there, it went to Michigan to Detroit and within a week I had an email back to me going: ‘Okay what do you want? We are going to help.' It surprised me because I mean you don't know until you ask," Butler said.

He said even without a fire house they've been able to continue making runs, but other fire departments have had to assist.

“They've been great, they've been helping. It's just nice to know that help is coming and we don't have to worry about it because we are short on equipment,” Butler said.

Butler says the plans have been approved for the new fire department and they hope to have it built by June 2015.

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