Federal funds dispersed by McIntyre
Congressman Mike McIntyre made the rounds of Brunswick and New Hanover counties with giant checks in hand. The Congressman’s visit was especially exciting in Navassa.
For some time, the town of Navassa has had to store their fire trucks outside because there isn’t enough garage space to house them inside the fire station. So for a small community, this funding means more than some may think.
That’s what Congressman Mike McIntyre heard as he presented the town of Navassa with a big fat check.
“When they say stimulus, we were starting to wonder where the money was, but we got our share today and I’m feeling really, really good,” said Mayor Eulis Willis.
McIntyre was please to deliver the funds saying, “Fire stations help everybody, they’re not just for one specific group, but it’s to help an entire community so we’re very excited about what that means for this area.”
“I think the whole community is elated that we see our hard work and that we get a result,” said Geraldine Hall of Navassa.
There is $1.6 million dedicated to go toward a brand new firehouse plus $400,000 for the town’s community development.
Residents say investing in Navassa, is an investment that’s worthwhile.
Geraldine’s Hall’s house burnt down almost a year ago. She says she’s happy the fire department got the money they deserve because now herself, and the rest of Navassa’s residents can be confident that the fire department can continue to do their job. “We need the manpower, and the guys and all the equipment to get to that place,” she said.
The fire department says they had a hard time putting out the flames in Hall’s home, because there were multiple rekindles.
Although all that’s left is rubble and memories, Hall is still forever grateful. “It serves the community real well, whenever there is a fire they always go, whenever there is an accident, they’re always present.”
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