Auburn Rural Fire Department to host fundraiser

By Chris Cooper -

The Auburn Rural Fire Department is having their 11th annual fundraiser this Saturday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m., at Chandlers School, 6000 Morgantown Road, Russellville.

Auburn Rural Fire Chief Jim Kutzman is inviting everyone to come out and participate in this event. Kutzman has been on the fire department 25 years and has served as chief for three of those years.

The meal will be served from 5-7:30 p.m. and will consist of hamburgers and hot dogs, which are being donated by B&J Auto Sales from Auburn. Cost for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

“Cakes and pies are needed for the auction and cake walk. Any donations will be greatly appreciate,” said Kutzman.

Air Evac will be there selling memberships. Helicopter 62 out of Bowling Green will be on site, weather permitting.

There will be a silent and live auction held during the event. The live auction will starting at 6:30 p.m. Auctioneer will be Tim Haley. Music will be provided by Richard Estes.

“Operating a fire department is extremely expensive. All proceeds go toward maintenance on the trucks/equipment, fire fighting equipment, etc.,” said Kutzman.

Fire gear for one firefighter is $3,500 and their air pack is $9,500. Fire trucks cost around $225,000 each.

“When you see fire trucks going to a fire, car wreck, etc, you’re seeing thousands and thousands of dollars to operate,” Kutzman said. “Auburn Rural Fire Department constantly strives to improve by their volunteers participating in training and classes. They strive everyday to improve the department’s dependably for the community.”

The rural fire departments in Logan County are an extremely valuable tool in keeping the community safe. They run on a volunteer basis and the kind hearts of individuals who want to help their fellow citizens. The members of the volunteer fire departments in Logan County risk their lives to help others without any monetary gain.

The annual fundraising efforts help make up the departments annual budgets. Without support from the community through fundraising and the collection of annual fire dues, rural departments would not be able to operate, therefore, citizens would be in danger of losing property and most importantly life.

Any donations for the auction or monetary donations will be greatly appreciated.

By Chris Cooper

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

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