Darren Doyle, story
Chalybeate Fire Chief Daniel Johnson says that thanks to the support of a community, two new fire hydrants have been installed in the Mohawk/Oak Grove area of Edmonson County.
Chief Johnson saw the need for at least one hydrant during an October 2015 fire in the area that claimed a structure. Responding fire departments had to travel back to Brownsville in order to get water. The travel time greatly affected the efficiency of the firefighting effort.
Johnson reached out to county government for financing of a new hydrant, but was unable to secure any assistance. Hydrants located around the county were installed with grant money over the years, but no grant funds were available at the time of Johnson's request. Johnson reached out the Edmonson Voice to help pass the word, and thanks to donations of area residents, funding was secured for not only one hydrant, but for two.
The first hydrant was installed back in January at the corner of Reed and Mohawk Roads, and the second was installed just last week on Oak Grove Church Road.
"I really appreciate the community support that we received on this project," Johnson said.