Hurt,VA-- The rainy weather didn't stop one town from celebrating the heroes in their community.
The Hurt Volunteer Fire Department celebrated their 50th anniversary on Saturday.
Firefighters who have been with the department for decades said they have come a long way over the years, and it's all because the support they get from the community.
As the Hurt Volunteer Fire Department marks their 50th anniversary, the firefighters who have been with department for decades can't help but think about the history of the department.
They rewind 50 years back to1963, when a few men in Hurt saw a great need for a fire department
"They started going around knocking on doors, asking for donations and they got enough money to put a truck together," said Chief Brian Dudley.
"The early firemen actually built this fire truck, they bought the metal and weld it together and they got pieces off of old trucks," said Paul David, whose been with fire department for 45 years.
"We didn't have a building, no where to keep it, and different firemen would take the truck and keep it a their house in their driveways, so we've come a long way since then," said Chief Dudley.
Now, of course they have their own building which they've made additions to, and have way more than that one fire truck.
They said with all the changes, one thing has remained constant, community support.
"All the citizens here have always supported us with whatever we need whether out on a large fire, bringing you water and food, to the monetary donations that pay for the fire trucks and the equipment," said Chief Dudley.
The residents said it's the least they can do. When they're in need, it's the firefighters who have come to their rescue.
"We've had personal use of them , because the office burned down a year ago and they were quick to respond," said Dr. Robert Elliot of Staunton River Family Physicians.
"It's a credit to the department that they have reached this far and their equipment is up to date and we feel safer," said Gerry and Janet Caprario.
That truck that was made 50 years ago, still goes out to fires today. They said it's a way they honor the founders of their fire department.