Sandy Fire Department receives community aid during Oregon fires
While Sandy Fire crews provide mutual aid to those fighting the wildfires across Oregon, several people in Sandy have decided to provide their own aid to Sandy Fire.
Hearing about the department's efforts, Sandy's own Tractor Supply Store Manager Travis Taylor donated four chainsaws with gas and oil and a gift card for $1,500 to local firefighters on Sept. 28.
"We wanted to reach out to the local fire department for how they'd helped the community during the fires," Taylor explained. "They did go above and beyond in this time. We greatly appreciate what they did. It was a great experience for us as well, being able to give back. Tractor Supply is very community driven. Any time there's anything we can do to help (we will)."
This was one among many donations the department received in the last month. Olive Garden in Gresham provided three days of lunch plus additional meals for the Sandy firefighters' families, the Sandy Wendy's provided buffet lunches for Sandy Fire and Sandy Police and Red Shed employees donated their tips to help pay for supplies for the firefighters.
"It was pretty cool," Sandy Fire Chief Phil Schneider said. "It makes you feel good that they stepped up and wanted to help the local small community. We're just a small piece of the puzzle (helping with the Oregon fires)."
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