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County fire marshal thanks explosion volunteers

July 15, 2014 at 2:15 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I recently submitted a guest column acknowledging and thanking those involved in the May 28 house explosion.

As I stated in the column, I knew that I would forget to mention someone. It has come to my attention that I failed to recognize one organization that has assisted us many times in the past.

The Victoria Civilian Fire Academy Alumni Association is a group of volunteers who respond to support the fire department in emergencies. It is a nonprofit group that donates time, money and whatever we need on scene. It had volunteers on scene from the beginning until late into the evening.

I want to apologize to those who spent many hours out there handing out food, water, Gatorade and snacks to the firefighters and investigators. I appreciate your assistance, and I hope to continue counting on your service.

Again, for my oversight of your involvement, I humbly apologize.

Ron W. Pray, Victoria County fire marshal, Victoria

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