A small Minnesota fire department has received an early Christmas present, courtesy of a bequest from a local resident who was grateful for the hard work and thoughtfulness of the firefighters.
Eleanor Sanford, 99, of Dakota, died in September and her will has left $140,000 to Dakota Fire Rescue. The gift equates to roughly eight times the department’s annual budget.
Dakota Fire Chief Scott Hoeg, who was Sanford’s neighbor, was reported to have been speechless when informed of the bequest. He said the money will likely be put toward a new fire truck.