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  • Retired New York firefighter Mike Korsch of Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
  • Roswell Fire Chief Ricky Spencer
  • Fire truck Roswell is donating to storm ravaged volunteer fire department in Island Park, NY
    

ROSWELL, Ga. -- We've all seen some of the devastation and suffering parts of New York and New Jersey suffered from Hurricane Sandy a couple of weeks ago.

What some may not know is that many local fire departments in those areas suffered as well, including the volunteer department in the small town of Island Park, New York.

"The department there is really in a bad way; they lost almost every piece of equipment...in their fire house," Mike Korsch told 11Alive News on Thursday.

A retired New York crime scene technician and volunteer firefighter, Korsch now lives in metro Atlanta.

He's the Georgia representative of the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund.

Named in honor of a New York fireman who lost his life on 9/11, it helps firefighters across the country help each other.

Korsch got a big shock when he recently sent out emails to metro Atlanta area fire departments asking if they could donate any spare gear to storm ravaged departments in the northeast.

"My brain cells turned on and I thought about this engine here behind us that we could donate if the Mayor and Council approved it," said Roswell Fire Chief Ricky Spencer.

Still in good condition after twenty years of service to Roswell, the 1991 fire engine was replaced last spring.

The city planned to auction it off for anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000, but hadn't got around to it yet.

Wednesday night, at their chief's request, Roswell's City Council voted unanimously to donate the engine to the volunteer firefighters of Island Park, New York.

"They're gonna be ticked, they're gonna be very happy," said retired New York firefighter Korsch.

In fact, Roswell's fire chief got a thank you call from a woman in Island Park on Thursday morning.

"She expressed to me in a very exciting way how proud they were that we could do something for them, someone that we don't even know that's hundreds of miles away," Chief Spencer said.

In about a week or two, Mike Korsch plans to personally drive Roswell's donated fire engine sixteen-and-a-half hours to Island Park, New York.

11Alive will let you know what the reaction is when it gets there.

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