Ruth Oehmig, owner of Lookout Mountain’s Café on the Corner, will hold a fundraiser for necessary equipment needed by the Lookout Mountain Fire Departments. The Sixth Annual Fill the Boot Fundraiser will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. at Café on the Corner.
On May 27, 2014, Ms. Oehmig’s café caught fire from a gas leak inside the 100-year-old building, resulting in flames up to 20 feet, blocking any access to the shutoff valve. The firemen created a wall of water, while another walked in, acting as a human shield from the heat and flames. The firefighters also kept the crowds safe after a fallen utility pole exposed a live wire. It wasn’t until later on that Ms. Oehmig learned these brave men and women often work with inadequate equipment due to low budgets.
“I have an enormous amount of gratitude for Lookout Mountain’s fire departments,” Ms. Oehmig said. “They not only fought the raging gas fire that gutted my café, but they also hugged and cried with me as we watched my business go up in flames. Not many people realize just how far these brave men really went that morning.”
Despite the valiant efforts of the fire department, the building was a total loss. Café on the Corner reopened a year later, and since then, Ms. has worked to raise awareness and funds for the Lookout Mountain volunteer firefighters. The proceeds from Fill the Boot will go toward equipment for the firefighters — particularly masks and communication equipment. Currently, the firefighters have to share masks with each other, but the donations from this year’s fundraiser will provide each firefighter with their own mask.
“This equipment isn’t cheap,” said Ms. Oehmig, “but it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to keep the people safe who are risking their lives to save our homes, businesses and often our lives. These men are our neighbors, friends, and active members of our community. Our role is to keep them safe while they are keeping our families safe. And I’ll tell you now I am on a mission to see to it that that happens.”
In order to keep everyone safe, this year’s event will function as a “drive-through” where attendees can pick up their to-go boxes of food and make their donation to this important cause. Per usual, coloring books and firefighter hats will be provided for the kids. Swing by to show your support and say thanks to our local heroes.
For additional information about the Fireman’s Fundraiser, please call Ms. Oehmig at 825-5005.