For Appleton Fire Fighters, the fire station is a home away from home.
“They spend about a third of their lives here,” Chief Jeremy Hansen told Local 5.
That’s why preschool teacher Melissa Brown felt the need to take action when she noticed the outdated living space at Fire Station #3 while on a class trip.
“Walking around, I noticed that the countertops at the station were a mint green formica,” she remembers.
According to Chief Hansen, the station was built in the 1990’s, and has not been updated or renovated since its construction.
To help pay for the much-needed renovation, Melissa joined forces with her workplace, Riverview Lutheran School, and the City of Appleton to apply for a grant through the Home Depot Foundation.
The effort earned a grant of $13,424, and the Home Depot also gathered a team of volunteers to make the renovations happen.
“Updating of the countertops, cabinets, providing them with new lighting, paining, so an overall renovation just to give them a more comfortable, up to date living space,” volunteer Heath Janssen told Local 5 of the effort.
The fire station will also receive new appliances through the grant.