Mayor David Carey of Soldotna had hoped to have some 200 of the 388 fire hydrants in the city painted to a colorful red, white, and blue by the time 3:00 PM Sunday afternoon September 30th rolled around. The time he had scheduled for a rather spontaneous remembrance celebration of the local men and women who serve in the Greater Soldotna Emergency Services area. However, when the Mayor stood before those who gathered at the Soldotna Senior Center, he was delighted to announce that all but a few dozen remained yet to be painted.
"The community came out in an overwhelming fashion. For a day and a half we had people showing up at City Hall spontaneously. We had people who would see others painting hydrants in front of their house and would come out to help. It was wonderful the cooperation was terrific. We put people together who didn't even know each other to go out and scrape, brush, and paint together and overwhelmingly they came back and said how it had lifted their spirits and what a fun thing it was to do," said Carey.
The Mayor reminded the group that water was the symbol of life, "We have painted the water hydrants, which are needed as a life line during times of disaster, as a tribute to the emergency service heroes of our community."
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