TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) - The Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department's annual budget is just over $15,000. It's not much, but it's not stopping them from doing good things. WHNT NEWS 19 went to the small community in Lawrence County to Pay it Forward.
There are a lot of people in that community who think highly of Fire Chief Charles Krugh and his commitment to the fire department.
Captain Charles Lash describes Chief Charles Krugh as an industrious leader.
"He does a lot a work on all that trucks to save us money, so we don't have to go out to mechanic shops," explains Lash. "We operate on a very tight budget and his leadership helps in the repairs. Plus, he's turned it around over the last few years and updated equipment by 20 years."
The chief helped start a medical rapid response team.
"By not having to rely on sister departments, we have maintained an average of less than eight minutes from the time a person calls for help and we're paged. We've got a crew at your house with help and equipment and that's all under Chief Krugh's guidance."
That's why Lash wanted us to Pay it Forward. WHNT NEWS 19 showed up at one of the department's bi-weekly meetings. Chief Krugh arrived, expecting the norm. Instead, he got welcomed in with a rousing applause and a $319 cash surprise.
It's money that will serve this hands-on fire chief well.
"These people are my family and have been for years," says Krugh. "They help me. That's what really makes a good leader, I think, is the people you surround yourself with."
The money also serves as a symbol for what this community is all about.
"It's love," says Krugh. "That's the easiest way to describe it. It's love."