WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. - Three White Bear Lake firefighters made it back safely to their fire station early Tuesday morning after a 150-mile walk from Duluth.
Jeff Loeks, Justin Nelson and Ron Hawkins set out last Friday to raise $15,000 for an ATV. Their department does not have one because of budget constraints.
"I felt like we need an ATV for this fire station, something that we could get on with ice rescue and wildfire. Every department we saw on the way down here had an ATV," said Loeks.
From Duluth to Rush City, Stacy and Forest Lake, other firefighters did what they could to help them meet their goal. To their surprise some offered encouragement, sometimes food, sometimes shelter.
"You can never expect a chief from a really small town to meet you two miles out of the town with his lights on and escort you into the city or another fire chief to say, 'You're coming to stay at our house,'" he said.
They don't know how much was donated, but Loeks said the friendships they made are priceless.
If you would like to donate, you can visit their website.
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