On behalf of the City of Vinton, I would like to thank you for your assistance with the Fire of February 8th that devastated three, decades-old businesses and affected several others. Had it not been for the tremendous efforts of everyone involved, the damage could have been much worse.

In events such as this, the true measure of character and fortitude come to light. There was no quit in any of the firefighters from any of the departments, their training and dedication to the preservation of life and property was clearly seen throughout this battle. Truly a testament to the hard work the departments put forth in training for such disasters.

The collaboration between the departments was beyond comparison. Where one department ended and the other began was indistinguishable. Selflessness ruled the evening with one common goal for all. With support from Local Law enforcement, city employees, EMS, retired Firefighters and the community all coming together and contributing in their own way.

Food, hot coffee, water, the opening of doors for a place to warm up, pickups and volunteers coming forward to help relocate irreplaceable items, bringing heavy equipment to help quell the lingering fire and take down the dangerous walls, the list goes on and on.

I can think of no other place that people have been repeatedly asked to put their own lives on hold to help out others as they have in Vinton. Floods, fires, windstorms, tornadoes we always answer the call without hesitation. What a fabulous community to be a part of, a community that goes well beyond the city limits to include anyone and everyone who have touched our lives and asked nothing in return.

I am truly honored to be a part of this vast community of friends, we have each other’s backs and never relent. We shall overcome this and anything else that gets thrown our way. With a family of this magnitude there is no way we can fail. To each and everyone one of you;

Thank You.

Bud Maynard

Mayor, City of Vinton