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Celebrating public safety progress in Midway

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By Alice Du Pont

Midway city officials were all smiles Thursday, Aug. 8, at the official ribbon cutting ceremony for Fire Station No. 2. County officials as well as state and federal representatives were on hand for the momentous occasion. 

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“I’m excited to be here. This new fire station is a spectacular achievement for our city, our residents and our firefighting personnel. This is the first piece of our puzzle of growth. This is a symbol of hope and progress of things to come such as our charter school, senior citizens center and mini plaza,” said David Knight, mayor pro tem.

The fire station is the first municipal building constructed in the city in more than 20 years. The 4,125-square-foot facility was completed under budget and on time, according to Auburn Ford, city manager. It contains two bays for fire trucks, a bunker area, lounge and fully equipped kitchen and laundry. Ford said the city is working with the county to get permanent Emergency Management Services, complete with 24-hour personnel at the site

Ford said the building was constructed by contractors based in Midway who operate minority companies. Funds to construct the fire station were provided through a $650,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic Opportunity. The new station, which will begin service Oct. 1, is located on the west side of the CSX railroad tracks, giving those citizens fire protection if a train is stopped on the tracks. Prior to construction of the new fire station citizens were cut off from the city’s main fire station, located at city hall, by the 

railroad tracks.

Fire Station No. 2 is located at 1530 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in the Hilltop Subdivision.

County Commissioner Eric Hinson, who represents the area on the county commission, said the fire station has been a long time coming.

“Midway residents can take a great deal of civic pride for what has been accomplished here. Thanks to the leadership of City Manager Ford and the public servants who govern the city of Midway, we now have a durable facility that will serve us for many years to come,” Hinson said.

State Rep. Alan Williams said, “Today we’re celebrating a grand occasion; today is a new day for the city of Midway. I know it has been years in the making, and it has taken the hard work of so many different people. Your efforts of taking the vision of a new fire station into reality is a great example that anything is possible when we all work together to achieve it.”

Those attending the ceremony included more than 100 Midway residents, Lori Hutto, district director for Congressman Steve Southerland, Marilyn Barnes, representing state Senator Bill Montford and School Board Member Audrey Lewis.