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Shirley VFD raises funds for tanker

By Staff | Apr 15, 2015

The Doddridge County Watershed Association held a "Good Neighbor Bake Sale" raising $181 for the Shirley Volunteer Fire Department as they continue raising money to replace their tanker truck which was damaged responding to a well pad call. Pictured left to right - Wayne Woods, DCWA President, Deputy Chief Mitch Wilcox, Chief Jim Wade Jr., and Vice. President Ryan Kinney of the Shirley Volunteer Fire Department.

The Shirley Volunteer Fire Department began a fundraiser on Nov. 14 to replace the tanker truck that was damaged beyond repair fighting a well pad fire at a Noble Energy site off state Route 18 near Josephs Mills in Tyler County.

The Shirley VFD sent out 180 letters to various oil and gas companies working in the area and have received five donations to date from the following oil and gas companies: Jay Bee Oil & Gas ($5,000), EQT ($1,000), Trenton Energy ($100), Stone Energy ($100), and Capstone Energy ($100). They also had a bake sale put on by the Doddridge County Watershed Association in which they raised $181. They would like to thank all the donors who have helped raise $6,481 of their goal of $212,000.

The Shirley VFD is still actively seeking donations in hopes of raising more money to further support their tanker fundraiser. They would like to remind the citizens of Tyler County that they operate on a very small amount of money that the state allots them per year. They receive no money from the taxpayers of Tyler County and do not bill for any services rendered. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and would ensure their ability to have the necessary equipment to serve in time of need.

Call breakdown for 2015: Only three months into 2015 the Shirley VFD has already had 127 calls which is ahead of what they were at this time last year: Sixteen calls in Shirley response area; eight with help received, eight with no help; 58 calls in Alma 1st due area, 13 with help received, five gave assistance, 47 with no assistance; Thirty calls in Middlebourne 1st due, one Received, 14 help given, 15 no help; Twenty-two calls in McClellan 1st due: 18 help given, four no help received and One call in Ritchie/ Doddridge/ Wetzel (other): one help given.