Moonshiners and firefighters band together to help Texas townPublished 9:13am Friday, April 26, 2013
Polk County is more than 1,000 miles from the town of West, Texas, but distance was no match for residents here.
At an April 22 benefit at the Columbus Fire Department, community members pulled together for the West Fire Department, of which, several volunteers died responding to a recent explosion at a fertilizer plant.
Columbus Fire Department officials collected equipment, water and non-perishable food, plus money, for their peers. Sponsoring the benefit, and helping draw local residents, were stars of the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” reality program, including Moonshiners Tim Smith, Josh Owens, Bootleg Bill and Cutie Pie.
At least 200 individuals moved through a long line to meet cast members and leave donations.
Columbus and other local fire departments donated equipment, which they no longer needed, to replace what was lost in the Texas calamity.