CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Chief Duncan Harvey has dedicated the last several years of his life to the Mossy Pond Volunteer Fire Department in Calhoun County.
"I moved here to play golf fifteen years ago," Chief Harvey said. "I played one time because of this department."
Over that time, Chief Harvey has come to know and serve the Mossy Pond community.
"A lifelong dream--drive a fire truck. It actually feels good helping people," Chief Harvey said. "I never knew how good it could feel until I did it."
The fire department building was built more than 30 years ago, but it's now a shell of its former self since Hurricane Michael.
The doors and roof were ripped off. Several sheds are tangled up in the trees.
"All of the trucks are parked at the Mossy Pond Library temporarily as a staging place until the fire department can be fixed," Chief Harvey said.
Not all the damage can be seen from the outside.
"Currently we have some mold inside," Chief Harvey said. "I don't know how to fix it myself. Hopefully, we'll get some advice from some good people to help us."
The department has eight members but lost some due to the storm.
"They don't have a place to live," Chief Harvey said. "They have lost their homes and have had to move somewhere else temporarily."
Chief Harvey said they're struggling, but first responders are strong--especially in a small community like Mossy Pond.
"Every department is tough," Chief Harvey said. "Just a bunch of tough people that do what they can."
Chief Harvey said the department always needs volunteers. They're currently looking for a secretary, record keeper, and other administrative positions.