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Fundraising cookout seeks to save the Sunset Fire Department

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SUNSET (ABC4 Utah News) – Usually if the fire department shows up at your Memorial Day cookout, they’re there to save you but a cookout Monday in Sunset was to help save the fire department.

At a packed meeting on May 16th, the City Council voted to save money by shutting down the Sunset Volunteer Fire Department and turning protection over to the North Davis Fire District.

“People are outraged,” former Sunset City Councilman Kevin Snow said. “People, they want their fire department.”

On Monday, the Top Hat Diner at 1147 North Main Street sold $5 cheeseburgers to raise money for legal help to save the department. Owner Ron Elizondo says it’s all about response time.

“If I ever had a fire or a kitchen fire, my building’s going to be down in about 5 or 6 minutes, just totally and we’re two minute’s call from the fire station,” Elizondo told ABC4 Utah News. “If they’re out of town who knows? If it’s 10 to 15 minutes we could have just a bunch of ashes.”

Sunset resident Mark Alder has a good reason to support the Department. He says they’re the reason he’s here today after he barely escaped a house fire in 2013.

“As soon as I finally got the door open the backdraft blew me out onto the front porch where I crumpled,” Alder said. “I had two Sunset City firemen right there, one under each arm and they got me out to the street.”

Alder believes those firefighters saved his life that night.

“I know they did,” Alder said. “I could not walk on my own by that time. I barely got the door open.”

The goal Monday was to raise $2000 to get an attorney to help put the Department’s fate to a public referendum.

“This whole thing is just to force this to go to a public vote to let the residents have a say,” former Sunset Fire Department Captain Tyler Argyle said. “Sunset may be small but they have pride for their city.”

If their effort is not successful, the North Davis Fire District could take over protection of Sunset as soon as July 1st.

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