By Brandon Enroth
The Brussels Union Garden Fire Department held a special event on Friday to show their care and support for four local families whose apartments were considered a total loss back on December 18th. The families lost everything in the fire, and the community led by the B-U-G Fire Department has responded in a big way. The community was able to produce over $10,000 dollars in goods that was collected for the families in under two and a half days. Many of these donations were clothing, blankets, and other essential items for the families to help get them back on their feet. The other donations made to the families were cash donations from surrounding and local area businesses. B-U-G Fire Chief Kurt Vandertie reflected on an emotional night and the support from the community for these families.
Heather Hamilton, who was a member of one of the families who lost their apartment the night of December 18th, was presented with a heroism award by the B-U-G Fire Department for her actions that night in which she helped dress & lead other children in the complex away from the flames to safety. The B-U-G Fire Department also used some of the cash donations that they received to replace the Christmas gifts that were lost in the fire leading to several smiles and a couple shedding tears across the gathering within the Brussels Community Center.