Water Authority employees host fundraiser for former Bedford Middle school fire emergency crews

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BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) employees will host a t-shirt sale on Thursday with proceeds going towards emergency responders who worked to extinguish the Bedford Middle School fire in January.

Fire crews first responded to the fire on Jan. 23 around 3 a.m. and worked until late into the evening to control the flames. Throughout the day community members dropped off water and food in a show of gratitude and appreciation to the crews tackling the fire.

Director of Administration for BRWA Megan Aubrey said one million gallons of water were made available to Bedford on the day of the fire, with over 500,000 gallons used to combat the flames. In contrast, normally 500,000 gallons of water are consumed by Bedford.

“It felt very personal to us since the BRWA provided the water flowing through the hydrants for fighting the fire at the school,” said Brian Key, Executive Director of the BRWA.

All sale proceeds go to the volunteer emergency workers who assisted in controlling the fire, according to a statement from the BRWA. (Photo: courtesy BRWA employees)

On Thursday, Feb. 27, BRWA employees will sell T-shirts with the phrase “We are Bedford” and the school’s building outlined in the front and the logo for the BRWA’s employees on the back. All sale proceeds go to the volunteer emergency workers who assisted in controlling the fire, according to a statement from the BRWA. The shirts will be available from 3 – 6 p.m. for $20.

This effort is led by Amy Laughlin, who partnered with Acute Designs to produce the t-shirts, said the BRW in a statement.

BRWA employees and members of the community have donated around $500 to make the t-shirt fundraiser possible, Aubrey said.

“Firefighters provide essential needs for the community,” Aubrey said.

“We are all in it together,” she said.

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