Helping Our Heroes: Local group helps firefighters
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MILWAUKEE - We expect them to save our homes and keep us safe but who's helping our firefighters?
That's where the Milwaukee Fire Bell Club steps in. Since 1947 the volunteers like Chuck Liedtke and Gary Schmidt, step up. It helps over 40 agencies in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties.
"We provide hydration in forms of coffee or hot cocoa in winter time, Gatorade, Powerade or bottled water in the summer time," explains Schmidt.
And if you think the task is easy, think again. These guys think back to a blaze in Cudahy.
"Over 65 departments responded to that fire. I spent about 25 hours there. It was one of the first nights I worked all night into the next day," remembers Liedtke.
The Fire Bell Club stayed on scene the entire time. Like the firefighters, the volunteers do this because they care and recognize heroes.
"We're just there to pay back what the sacrifices they're making," says Liedtke.
The Milwaukee Fire Bell Club's engine is equipped with a kitchen to help provide food. Also, restrooms. Those come in handy for the big fires that take hours to put out.