"This is the only fire department in Archer County that did not have a new fire truck," says Angel Golson, President of Lake Kickapoo's Volunteer Fire Department.
Golson says for years volunteers at the station have had to make due, fighting fires with old trucks that weren't always reliable.
"We've had in the past where we couldn't respond because the truck breaking down and that's hard to sit there and not be able to go, its very hard," says Golson.
A new fire truck is something members of the station say they had always dreamed of, but couldn't imagine actually happening, but now a brand new truck sits outside the station. A symbol of a community's hard work and giving.
"For two years we have been planning to try to get a new truck and everybody has really pitched in, helped, donated whether it was time, money or just helping here around the station," Golson says.
The new truck comes at the just the right time heading into winter months. The driest time of the year. The truck was officially called into service Wednesday night and the firefighters say they are proud to serve our community.
Golson says, "This means everything to us. We actually feel like a big fire department now. I know we are still small and in the middle of nowhere, but it's our fire department and were growing. It's taken a long time, but we are growing."
The station will be holding another fundraiser for future improvements. You can join them on November 5th at 4 p.m. at the Lake Kickapoo Volunteer Fire Department.