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    Arrow Guatemalans on "Cloud" Nine

    St. Cloud donates fire coats and pants to Guatemalan firefighters

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Two Guatemalan firefighters couldn't
    believe their eyes when they saw the coats and pants the St. Cloud
    Fire Department was giving them. Luis Espana (LOO'-ees es-PAN'-ya)
    said the donation benefits his entire country.
    Assistant St. Cloud fire chief Leon Faust said the 14 fire coats
    and 12 pairs of pants would have gone in the trash if firefighter
    Tom Manderfeld hadn't known about a nonprofit that collects
    equipment to send to Guatemala.
    The MESSAGE program provides humanitarian aid to Guatemalan
    hospitals, fire stations and families in need.
    Espana and fellow firefighter Leslie Monzon are touring the
    state to thank people for their donations.
    Information from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com

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    Okay, so I may be completely off with all of this....but who's paying for their "tour of the state"? I sure hope it's not their department, or even the country of Guatemala for that matter....they can't buy their firefighters gear, but they can pay for them to tour an entire state, especially when it was one city that contributed to them? Just seems a little out of whack to me....

    Nontheless, good job to the St. Cloud guys. It's stuff like this that makes me think maybe I should have a little faith in the human species.....too bad there's so many other things every day that prove otherwise.

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