Franklin Fire Department receives generous donation

CREATED Sep 12, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 12, 2013

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FRANKLIN - A generous donation is going to make life a little easier for the Franklin Fire Department.

Cracked cabinets and peeling paint are what greet crews in the Franklin Fire Department kitchen.

"Everything starts here," explains Assistant Fire Chief Ron Mayer. "Shift change starts here, the stories from the day before, so everything revolves around the kitchen."

The crude conditions qualified them for a national competition to get a kitchen makeover earlier this year. They missed the big win by one spot.

"We took it hard because we put a lot of work into it, but as it turns out, everything happens for a reason," Mayer says.

That reason is local cabinet maker John Hoppe, who heard about what happened and wanted to help.

"You can see right now it's a white plastic product, there's not a lot of warmth, not a lot of ‘want’ to come into this room," says Hoppe, who owns Hoppe Woodworks.

John decided to donate most of the materials they'll need for a big upgrade. Maple cabinets, granite countertops, and a lot more storage.

"I think by putting wood and the earthy feeling of granite in here it's going to warm up the package. It's definitely going to make the firemen feel at home," Hoppe says.

And at a fraction of the cost to taxpayers. It's a $50,000 job, for about $17,000 -- priceless when it comes to taking care of the guys who take care of us.

"We're used to rescuing people and all of the sudden somebody comes to us and wants to help us out, so it was really nice," Mayer says.

The firemen are going to help install everything, and they think they'll get it done by November.