West Liberty firefighters help Oklahoma tornado victims

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Oklahoma’s tornadoes left behind a degree of devastation that few can comprehend, but folks in West Liberty know all too well what it's like.

Just last year, a tornado devastated much of West Liberty and now the city's fire department has come up with a way to help tornado victims in Oklahoma.

“We want to be able to help those people and we know what they are going through,” said Assistant Fire Chief James Phipps.

That’s what prompted the West Liberty Fire Department to pay it forward.

“No good deed should go undone. When you do a good deed, the next person you did a good deed for should pay it right on forward,” Phipps told us Wednesday.

From now until Saturday morning, the department will be collecting donations ranging from food and water to clothing and cleaning supplies to send to Oklahoma.

“It’s a humbling experience and it is one thing they shouldn't have to go through alone. I can tell them one thing, they think that help won’t be there but it will be.”

He says during this time of devastation even the smallest donations can make a huge difference to someone who just lost everything.

The assistant fire chief says the small city of West Liberty knows what it takes to have to completely rebuild from the ground up and the one thing he urges folks in Oklahoma to hold onto is hope.

“It’s going to take time. It’s nothing that happens overnight or even in a year or two years.”

In Oklahoma, the road to recovery will be a long one but the devastated areas will prevail with the helping hands of one another.

If you would like to help, you can find a list of items needed for donation on the West Liberty Fire Department's Facebook page.

They will be accepting donations until 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning.


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