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MFD Gives Back

By Thomas Sellers Jr.MFD gives back

The weekly Senior Luncheon at the Millington Baker Community Center had a few special guest on Halloween.

No it wasn’t any ghost or zombies. But the men were dressed as firefighters.

Several personnel of the Millington Fire Department were on hand to say thank you and provide lunch for the nearly 70 seniors in attendance. The MFD took funds raised from donations from Walmart and various other resources to cater the barbecue lunch.

“We’ve deposited that money into a special account,” MFD Chief Gary Graves said. “We don’t want to take that money and go buy something for us. We take that money that is donated to us and give it back to the community like through our smoke detector program or another charity like Relay for Life.

“We thought, ‘Why not do something special for the seniors?’” he continued. “We wanted to give back to the people who have given a lot to the community, invested their lives into the community. So this is a token of appreciation to them for their support.”

The staff of the MFD came up with the idea and brought fire prevention material, information on checking smoke detectors and entertainment. Graves parents Coley and Marilyn, of the Jackson Tennessee Plectoral Society, played old-time acoustic music on the stage.

Graves said it was fun to give the seniors a treat and show them some appreciation.

“We look at the citizens as our customers,” he said. “We work for the citizens. Their taxes pay for us to be here and those services.

“So this is a way of just showing up when there’s a fire call or showing up when there’s a medical emergency to kind of do some community involvement,” Graves concluded. “It’s a way for us to talk to them and fellowship with them.”

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