Last November, Cowboy Jack’s restaurant had black smoke billowing from its kitchen roof at dawn. Within 30 minutes or so of arriving, Plymouth firefighters had the fire under control and its cause under investigation.
Although many commuters noticed the fire, they might not have witnessed the firefighters’ quick response to the potentially catastrophic blaze. The Plymouth Lions Club, however, took notice. During the year before the fire, pull tabs (charitable gaming fundraising tickets) sold at Cowboy Jack’s had helped round out the $116,000 donated to the 40 charities the Lions Club supports.
In February, representatives from the club attended a standard fire department meeting at Fire Station No. 2 with a card of appreciation and a check for $2,500.
“That money is going to get used to help buy safety equipment, treadmills, and recreational [equipment], among other things. It’s not just to show our appreciation but to help them become better firefighters,” says John Fruth, membership chair of the Plymouth Lions Club.
The Lions Club donated the money directly to Plymouth Crime and Fire, which supports the police and fire department.