Firefighters Volunteer For A Family In Need

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It’s a typical construction site.

But these aren't your typical construction workers.

They're firefighters with the Truro Township and Violet Township fire departments working together to build a better tomorrow for a family in need.

"We wanted to go out and help a family or families at the Ronald McDonald House so if this is what that's going to do then obviously our goal is to finish this and do it to the best of our ability,” says Truro Township firefighter Brady Seddelmeyer, who has taken the lead on the project.

He says more than 20 firefighters have been volunteering their time since early January on the S. 17th St. home.

The firefighters say they'll begin work on the exterior of the home once the weather warms up. But that's not the only work being here. Dominion Homes will soon break ground on two new homes for the Ronald McDonald House right next door.

"We want families to not have to worry about anything.  "We want to take away all the stress that they might have so they can devote all their attention to their child," says Dee Anders, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House.

When the work is done, the home will be one of four to offer a place to stay for families in need of long-term care.  It's what the firefighters say keeps them motivated.

"We've got hearts, not just at work. Stuff like this is what makes your fire departments run."



Officials with the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus say their facility currently has 80 rooms.  They are currently adding 42 single-family spaces.  Officials say the expansion will make it the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world.  They will also have four houses to offer to families in need of long-term care (longer than 6 months).