A new station will be built within the next two years, after a donation from Capt. Mark Hornshuh.

 COURTESY PHOTO: BANKS FIRE DISTRICT - Captain Mark Hornshuh officially signed to donate the land to be used for the new Buxton Station on Wednesday, May 9. After approving a bond measure in November of last year to allow for the Banks Fire District to build a new fire station in Buxton and purchase new apparatus, a family who is no stranger to the district has stepped in and donated up to five acres of land to begin building the new Buxton station.

A longtime Banks volunteer firefighter and paramedic, Capt. Mark Hornshuh, formally donated three to five acres of land on Wednesday, May 9, to use for the station in honor of his parents, Carol and Fred Hornshuh, according to a press release from the Banks Fire District.

Fred and Carol Hornshuh were closely involved with the Banks Fire District, and "years ago they had expressed a desire to donate land for a station, but the timing wasn't right," according to the release. "On May 9th, Mark honored both that wish and the Hornshuh family when he and Board Chairman Matt Pihl signed a land donation agreement."

The new station, to be called the Hornshuh Creek Station #14, will be built on land adjacent to Highway 26 and will allow for those in the surrounding area to be better served, the fire district said.

While there is currently a small station in Buxton, it is not large enough to house staff nor can the building be feasibly expanded, according to the release.

"Studies completed by Banks Fire show a large number of service calls come from Highway 26 and Highway 47 northwest of Banks," the release stated. "These calls can be better served with response from the Buxton Station."

The new station is expected to be built within the next one to two years, according to the release.

"Banks Fire appreciates all the Hornshuh family has done and continues to do for our community," Fire Chief Rodney Linz said in a statement. "It is a wonderful donation and we are excited to name the station Hornshuh Creek Station to honor such a great family heritage."

By Olivia Singer
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