Firefighters volunteer time to make Freeman baseball field vision a reality

Firefighters volunteer time to make Freeman baseball field vision a reality

Putting the Freeman baseball field together took a lot of hard labor and a lot of hours from volunteers.

The first responders from Fire District 8 have a personal connection to Freeman High School. They were the district first on scene when the calls about last September’s school shooting came in. And they were the ones giving their time Thursday to help complete work on the baseball field.

The firefighters put in hours and hours of work, after they had already worked 24-hour shifts.

For a firefighter, duty takes many forms. Whether it’s a house in flames, an emergency medical call, or, sometimes, a school shooting at a school where many of their kids went.

It doesn’t matter what it is, they are there helping out, even if that duty falls on their day off.

“We all said this is a no brainer, we are coming out,” said Jeff Wainwright, Captain of Fire District 8.

They volunteer their time to help a community heal, and a school overcome, every single day for the last week and a half.

It doesn’t matter what needed to be done, Fire District 8 firefighters and first responders could do it, whether it be laying sod, tamping down dirt, or smoothing out an infield quickly taking new shape.

They stayed together with a singular purpose. To stay together, and to be strong. Freeman strong.

“We are here for you, we support you, you aren’t alone,” said Aaron McNally, a Fire District 8 volunteer firefighter.