It was one week ago today that fire ripped through a Jackson Street home in downtown East Liverpool. Residents of the three apartments housed within the structure escaped unharmed, but the building basically was destroyed.
It's a sad fate when that happens. But what we know, is several people worked vhard that day to minimize any further possible damage to surrounding homes.
Much has been written about the East Liverpool Fire Department and its lack of manpower. The central issue with that, as with most things, is funding. The department wants to add firefighters, as do most city leaders, but that sticking point always rears its ugly head - money.
But this isn't about that issue. It's about the cooperation among surrounding companies. The allegiance these brave men and women, who serve our communities, have with one another.
You see, there were only four city firefighters on duty last Friday, and that quartet worked very hard to contain the fire, while the third alarm rang out.
But we witnessed more than the usual brilliant effort of the ELFD that day.
Pictured on front of our newspaper was Marty Thorn, a Wellsville firefighter who was working as an EMT with Tri-County Ambulance, helping at the scene. As was Rick Jones of Lifeteam Ambulance.
Mick Comparetto, another Wellsville firefighter, was on his way home from work when he stopped to lend a hand. A Chester firefighter also was there assisting with hoses and air packs.
Salineville fire Chief Jeff Lewis and another village firefighter aided the East Liverpool department, recently retired city fireman Bill Miller was on the scene, and former city firefighter Matt Handley volunteered his services. City police responded, as did members of the city's street, water and utilities departments.
There is a mutual aid agreement among several fire departments on both sides of the Ohio - it's been that way for years. But it's very gratifying when you actually see them working side-by-side when the cooperation is gravely needed
We thank all of them for their service to our communities and their loyalty to one another.