To our Friends at the Red Cross …

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Cooper County Fire Protection District
P.O. Box 126, Boonville, MO 65233
Office:660-882-6111 Fax: 660-882-2482 E-Mail: ccfpd@iland.net

9/14/2015

American Red Cross
Heart of Missouri Chapter
1511 S.Providence Rd.
Columbia, MO 65203

To our friends at the Red Cross,

On August 29, 2015, the Cooper County Fire Protection District was dispatched to a structure fire in the City of Bunceton. As units arrived, they quickly determined that the Missouri Better Bean Facility fire was not going to be our typical structure fire. Multiple explosions, hazardous materials and extreme fire conditions led to the immediate decision to ask for assistance from our neighboring fire departments.

Before the fire was extinguished, thirteen additional departments answered the call with a total of 65 fire fighters making a stand against the fire. Over 200,000 gallons of water and nearly 100 gallons of foam were needed to bring the fire under control.

In firefighting, clean up, re-supplying and refurbishing trucks and equipment, we spent a total of eleven exhaustive hours of that day on the Missouri Better Bean Facility fire.

Through it all, the Red Cross was there handing out cold drinks and food. There was so much food, that we had some left over for us to eat after the work was completed back at the station.

I don’t even know who requested your services that day, but I can’t express enough the gratitude we all have for you.

The fire fighters of the Cooper County Fire Protection District and the citizens of Bunceton want to thank you for your service that day and every day that you seem to show up just when you are needed the most.

David Gehm Fire Chief
Cooper County FPO

Thank you once again:
Bill Anderson
Debbie Wetzig
Terry Wetzig
Tom Shands

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