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Albany, VT fire department rebuilds

The Albany Vermont Fire Department celebrated Labor Day with a parade and barbeque lunch to raise money for the department. A fundraiser that’s especially important this year because just three weeks ago the department lost most of its equipment to a fire that police say was purposely set by Elmer Joerg, 45.
Albany, VT- The Albany Vermont Fire Department celebrated Labor Day with a parade and barbeque lunch to raise money for the department.  A fundraiser that’s especially important this year because just three weeks ago the department lost most of its equipment to a fire that police say was purposely set by Elmer Joerg, 45.
Like every year, the community gathered to celebrate Labor Day.
“It'll be the same as normal, we just hope for a little bit bigger turnout,” said Donald Peters, Sr, Chief of the Albany Fire Department.
A bigger turnout to help raise more money. That money will help the Albany Volunteer Fire Department rebuild. Peters says the department lost almost all of its equipment to a fire that police say was purposely set.
“The trucks- the insurance totaled all of them. They didn't want to repair any of them. All are going to be replaced. The building is being gutted on the inside, taking all the sheet rock down. That’s already underway,” said Peters.
In the meantime, departments in the area donated equipment to make sure the department could function.
“All kinds of different stuff. We’ve got more than we had, we've got plenty,” said Peters.
One fire engine was donated from the Terry Farrell Fire fighters Fund out of Long Island, New York. The other from the Tri-Village fire department in Orange County Vermont.
“We all support each other, we all need each other.so when one hurts, we all hurt,” said John Harlamert, Captain with Newport City Fire.
The donations from the Labor Day festivities such as the chicken barbeque will help the fire department pick up the pieces.
“I can't even express how much we thank all those who've helped from near and far,” said Peters. 
The fire department also held an auction this afternoon.
All the proceeds from that will help purchase a new equipment van. Peters says they hope to have the fire house completely rebuilt and back to normal by Halloween.
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