With plenty of fanfare, the city of Midway cut the ribbon for its newest gem, a brand new fire station, last Thursday morning as residents, firefighters, city staff and visiting dignitaries applauded. “This is a momentous occasion,” declared city manager Auburn Ford as the proceedings began.
“This was many months in the planning and building,” said interim fire chief Tom Murray. “How in the world did we build such a beautiful facility, under budget and early? We had great leadership, and the station was a goal for our team of firefighters who are all volunteers.”
Mayor pro tem David Knight was also enthusiastic about the new station located on Martin Luther King Road. “This is a spectacular achievement and a truly great day for Midway. This provides us with a great anchor for a new charter school, mini-mall and senior center to come. No longer will there be train delays for the firefighters. They won’t be delayed in their service. There were many sacrifices made by this community. In this economy it was truly a challenge,” said Knight.
Cutting the ribbon, left to right: Interim Fire Chief Tom Murray, Councilman Charlie Smith, Congressman Southerland’s representative Lori Hutto, Midway Mayor Pro-tem David Knight, Fla. Rep. Alan Williams, Midway Manager Auburn Ford, District 1 County Commissioner Eric Hinson and Gadsden County School Board Member Audrey Lewis.
State representative Alan Williams said the event will help Midway enter into a new day and age. “Folks will be looking to move to the city. They look for schools but also look at safety and response,” said Williams.
County District 1 commissioner Eric Hinson said the fire station is a great accomplishment for Midway. “You should have great civic pride. This facility is safe, efficient and durable,” said Hinson.
Samuel Stevens served as the primary contractor for building the new station, said Auburn Ford. “Stevens and the rest of the contractors really took a step of faith with this as we worked through some issues with the state grants, and now Midway is on the move!” said Ford.
Samuel Stevens is the city’s first minority contractor building in Midway and is believed to be the first building in Gadsden County, said city staff.