Charlestown Fire Chief John Heal said Tuesday that he attributes the department’s philanthropic landmark to the public.
“The community really gets behind us,” Heal said of the charitable proceeds. “Without the community, we wouldn’t be there.”
Heal said the $1 million total was reached during the 2013 Crusade for Children effort.
He said the department has raised money though door-to-door collections, auctions, raffling of baskets provided by community members during special events, and donations from businesses.
Heal said the department has also had success with an initiative started four years ago of a 24-hour road block, located at Ind. 3 and County Road 403, where firefighters accept donations from passing motorists.
“As far as I know, we are the only fire department with a 24-hour [collections] road block in Clark County,” Heal said