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Victoria man thanks firefighters with $1,000 donation

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
May 27, 2014 at 12:27 a.m.
Updated May 28, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.


In early May, Victoria rancher John Kusak started a brush fire on his Salem Road land to clear away some overgrown brush.

When he set fire to his property, dry conditions and a sudden wind helped spread the fire across more than 60 acres, and it eventually became out of control, encroaching on his neighbor's land.

The Inez Volunteer Fire Department, Victoria Fire Department and Victoria County Fire Department responded to Kusak's emergency call at 2:45 p.m. May 3 and spent five hours extinguishing the flames.

Because he was appreciative of the firemen who helped save his land and cattle, Kusak decided to send more than a thank-you note.

He donated $1,000 to the fire departments.

Victoria County Fire Marshall Ron Pray announced the donation at Tuesday's Victoria County Commissioners Court.

"They deserve it," said Kusak, who also helped put out the fire with the bulldozers on his property. "A lot of the men volunteer their time, and they don't have to."

The money would be used for equipment and other needs of the volunteer firefighters in his department during the current fiscal year, Pray said.

"We don't get a lot of donations throughout the year, but we do get them occasionally," said Pray. "The volunteer departments use the donations because they don't have a steady stream of money coming in."

Pray said it took about 8,000 gallons of water to put out the fire.

"They went above and beyond for me, so I did, too," Kusak said.

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