Ford Small and Dennis Kirk remember when the Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department’s first engine arrived.
“It came in the fall – we were picking cotton,” Kirk said.
The fire department, established in 1965, borrowed $11,210 to buy the fire truck. The department was founded by men like Kirk and Small, the second chief. William Stogner was the first chief.
“We just saw the need,” said Small, now 83. “We figured if we can’t save the house, well, you can still save the barn.”