An online fundraiser to save a northeast Indiana fire department met its goal within three hours of launching Wednesday. The Hudson Fire Department, with the help of theCHIVE.com, started a GoFundMe campaign with a $30,000 goal to keep its doors open.
The entire project was spearheaded by Fort Wayne native John Resig, co-founder of theCHIVE, who visited the fire department last weekend and donated $5,000. He was contacted by Rescue Lieutenant Justin Pence, who said the fire department was in danger of closing due to a budget shortfall at the city level.
Resig said the garage doors to the fire station don’t always open and the roof has so many leaks, it is impossible to isolate the problem and fix it. The $30,000 goal was meant to replace the roof and garage doors. Any amount raised beyond that point would go toward other renovations and new equipment.
"Many of us live or have family in rural areas," Resig said on his web site. "Odds are, we will all have to call 911 at some point in our lives. When that time comes, I hope the 911 dispatcher will not have to make a long-distance call."
As of 11:00 a.m. Thursday, the campaign had raised just under $48,000. You can click here to follow the campaign’s progress and make a donation.