Volunteer firefighters rallying around one of their own who lost home in fire

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DADE COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — Volunteer firefighters in Dade County are rallying around one of their own, who lost everything in a house fire.

Debris, ash and the frame is what is left of a home on Mason Road in Rising Fawn. The fire happened early Monday morning.

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Chief Mark Gibson with the Davis Volunteer Fire Department was saddened to hear about what happened.

“An urge to go assist and help our family member out,” Gibson said.

It was April Keith’s home, a volunteer firefighter in his department since 1996. She is also a dispatcher and was working when the call came in.



“April has an extreme dedication to the community. She has been in law enforcement and fire department, works as a 911 dispatcher now,” Gibson said.

Gibson says Keith spent decades serving the community, and now she needs the support.
He started a fundraising campaign to help her and her family.

“Our family members lost everything that she had pretty much and with that kind of loss try to pull the community together and get behind her and help her out,” Gibson said.

He admires how Keith is always willing to help others in a time of need.

“It is a high stress environment, that people, it takes a special gift to dedicate your time and effort to people and especially volunteers when they don’t get anything back other than the knowing that they’ve helped people out,” Gibson said.

Now he is hoping people help her out.

If you would like to support Keith and her family, click here.