The Pratt Volunteer Fire Department held an event to thank the members of the community for their support.
It has been a rough couple of months for the volunteer department. In March two of their members, Michael Edwards and Thomas Craigo were killed while responding to a call.
“Those two guys were well known in the community,” said fellow firefighter David Cales. “Everybody knew who they were and what they stood for.”
Now more than three months later, the department got a chance to say thank you to the community that helped them when they needed it the most.
“If we needed a shoulder to cry on, they were right there. There was people I cried on that I didn’t even know their name,” recalled firefighter Robert Huffman.
Huffman added, “We just want to give back to them. Let them know that we care about them and thank them.”
The first annual Community Appreciation Day was planned by the women of the Pratt Fire Department. The event included free snacks, games, and prizes.
“Planning this has been really good therapy for us all since we’ve known these boys all of our lives,” said Amy Berry, wife of the assistant chief Danny Berry.
“We just wanted a happy day to celebrate the kinship that we have within the community and the sense of family we have within the department.”