CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- A volunteer Chaplain for Fire District 3 now has a new ride. It was a much needed gift from the fire department with the help of Lithia Motors and the community.
Loren Myers has been a Chaplain for Fire District 3 for 13 years. He’s the person on the scene of a house fire or traumatic event helping to support and comfort the family during that terrible time.
“He’s always there when we need him or when someone in a traumatic event needs him,” said firefighter Patrick Bailey. “He’s an asset to us, an asset to the community.”
As a volunteer, he drives his own car to those tragic scenes. The problem is, his car isn’t reliable. The transmission is failing. The gas gauge is broken. The gearshift only stays in second gear. Those are only a few of the problems Myers has with that car.
“He always talks about how it's like not a very good car and we noticed that it's not very safe for him to be driving," Bailey added.
Since Myers is on a fixed income, he was unable to get another car. So Bailey and the rest of Fire District 3 organized a GoFundMe to raise money and help get him a new set of wheels. The community came together and raised nearly $1,600. Lithia Motors helped as well. The firefighters surprised him with a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix. Myers was shocked, overwhelmed but beyond thankful so many people came together just to help him do what he loves, serve the community.
"It's wonderful! It's wonderful! I've never had Pontiac before. I've never had a fancy car like this before so it just blows me away," Myers said. "Firefighting is a family. We care a lot about one another. They just show me that they care and they love me as much as I love and care about them."
Myers is excited to go home and tell his wife about their new, working car.