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Pumper/tanker arrives just in time

Many firefighters were out this past weekend collecting money for the annual WHAS Crusade for Children telethon.
And they’ll be out again this weekend, finishing their collections for the 50th annual Crusade, which will be televised Saturday and Sunday.
For the third consecutive year, WHAS will broadcast from a satellite location in Corydon. Many fire departments will take their donations to the Old Capitol Centre in north Corydon beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
The New Middletown Volunteer Fire Dept. plans to drive its new 3,000-gallon pumper/tanker to deliver what its members have collected.
Fire chief Jerry Gleitz said the truck, purchased with riverboat money approved by the Harrison County commissioners and council, replaces a 1,000-gallon tanker.
The larger capacity should help when the department responds to fires during daytime hours.
‘We have less people (to respond) and now can carry more water,’ Gleitz said. ‘We greatly appreciate the council’s approval.’
New Middletown firefighters will collect money for the Crusade on Saturday at a roadblock set up in the New Middletown four-way. They hope to collect at least $4,000, which will top their record of about $3,900.
Besides roadblocks this weekend, some departments will collect door-to-door. To help with their totals, some departments have held other fund-raisers during the year, such as softball tournaments, card parties, raffles, dances and other events.
The annual Crusade telethon originated in 1951 as a fund-raiser for cancer but was expanded in 1954 to raise money to improve the lives of children throughout Southern Indiana and Kentucky.
Annually, the Crusade awards grants to agencies to help children with mental and/or physical handicaps. Last year, more than $6.2 million was collected, with more than half coming from about 200 fire departments in Southern Indiana and Kentucky. The balance of what’s submitted comes from individuals, businesses, employee groups, churches, clubs and wills.
The 10 fire departments in Harrison County turned in $82,359 last year.
The public is invited to come to the Corydon site and watch the firefighters bring in their donations.