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Morris Chapel Fire Chief Rob Barker wanted to make a difference in the Benton County community by offering the fire department’s services to assist those having a hard time. Barker said, “We have to meet so often for training and I just thought there is so much more we can do to make a difference. We all agreed that anytime we could be of service to our citizens, we were going to do it.” Very soon after, the local firefighters jumped into action.

Over the last two weeks, a plethora of volunteers have cleaned up yards and debris from two separate homes in the Camden area.

The volunteers cleaned up the yards and hauled away trash from Kelly and Doty Roads. One of those residents was in the hospital and didn’t even know the clean-up was taken place. “We just wanted to do more and figured the best way to do that is change the community we live in,” Barker said on Tuesday.

Barker and crew hope to continue serving their neighbors with these acts of kindness. Barker finished with, “There is always an opportunity to create a better environment for your community and we just want to play a role in that.”

For those needing assistance, reach out to the fire chief at (731) 441-8422 or Captain Patrick Presson at (731) 441-4220.

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