By Alton Mitchell
Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart is a grilling legend in the region. The delicious burgers that Sheriff Lockhart is famous for cooking up are also known to be a great fundraiser during times of need in the County. On last Friday Sheriff Lockhart’s burgers helped raise more than $1600 for a local fire department that was devastated by a tornado earlier this year.
The Union Hill community is a small community located to the north of LaFayette. On the night of April 5th, 2017 an EF-1 tornado ripped through the town leaving in its wake downed trees, damaged roofs, and a twisted fire department. The rural fire department serviced areas of Union Hill and the neighboring regions.
The Chambers County Sheriff’s Department and the Chambers County EMA/E 9-1-1 sprang into action last Friday and held a fundraiser to help the small department rebuild. The fundraiser called the disaster recovery fundraiser sold hamburger plates for $6.00. That plate included 2 burgers and chips. From 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. the grills were blazing in front of the Valley Wal-Mart cooking up burgers and dollars to help out a community in need.
On Monday Chambers County EMA director Donnie Smith made his way to the Chambers County Courthouse in LaFayette. During the regular Chambers County Commission meeting Smith presented a check for $1,615.00 to the Union Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Those funds represented the funds raised during the fundraiser on Friday.
Members of the Union Hill VFD were very pleased to accept the check. They offer their thanks to the Chambers County EMA/E-9-1-1 for their assistance and the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department for their efforts in supporting the department and raising the funds to assist them with the rebuilding process.
The storm that destroyed the fire department struck the town with winds of nearly 90 miles per hour leaving the small department twisted and mangled with a debris field that extended into the tree line behind the fire department property. There has been no word on when the department plans to rebuild.