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Firefighters were called to a fire. They ended up donating their Thanksgiving meal

Perry firefighters put out a blaze, and then they went the extra mile: They gave away their Thanksgiving feast to the fire victims.

The city of Perry posted about the random act of kindness on its Facebook page.

Perry Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched at 2:39 p.m. last Wednesday to a kitchen fire, according to the Facebook post.

Arriving firefighters found light smoke billowing from the roof vents of the Gordy Street home. The residents were gathered in the front yard.

The oven fire was quickly put out.

“The older female who lived at the house stated that she was in the process of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for the six smaller children that she keeps when the fire began,” the Facebook post said. “The lady was distraught about not being able to provide a meal for her kids.”

Ironically, firefighters on duty were cooking their Thanksgiving meal at the fire station when the fire call was dispatched.

“This weighed heavy on my mind and when I shared this with our crew, it was decided that we would take the food that we had prepared over to her so that she would be able to have a meal with her grandchildren,” Battalion Chief Kirk Crumpton said in the Facebook post.

When firefighters arrived with their Thanksgiving feast, the woman “became quite emotional and graciously accepted” their gift.

“I am not surprised that the crews were prepared to rapidly extinguish the fire and assist the citizens,” Fire Chief Lee Parker said in the Facebook post. “It really makes me proud that they would think so much of others to offer their own planned meal. It makes me extremely proud to be part of this organization.”

Becky Purser: 478-256-9559, @BecPurser

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