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Soisson: We couldn't have done this without everybody's help

By JOE CENTERS • Oct 28, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Like a bunch of children on Christmas, Norwalk firefighters had a ball Thursday morning ripping open a package.

Representatives of Norwalk Furniture Corp. were on hand to donate a handmade, personalized chest to use as a centerpiece for the new fire station.

The open house and ribbon cutting for the new station will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

The chest was just one of many pieces of furniture donated by NFC to the new station, something Chief John Soisson said has been a common theme.

“Just the amount of donations,” he said. “Basically the only thing we paid for was the building itself and a lot of that stuff came at a discount. ... I don’t know if this project would be possible without all of that.

“We’re working on our donor wall and I think we are over 100 people, players big and small.”

Mark Gornek, product development manager at NFC, made the chest for the department.

“I started making these for Christmas presents for our give-aways for our party at work,” he said. “This is the third one I have made and every on one I have made is a little different. I make them out reclaimed pallot wood.”

Gornek said he enjoys making the chests, which take about 35 hours to complete.

“It’s overwhelming,” Soisson said. “When Melissa (Wilde) approached us — she was almost giddy about this. (Norwalk) Furniture has stepped up for us; this is like the icing on the top of the cake.

“When you go through our station, there are fingerprints of our whole community. This is beyond my wildest imagination.”

And Soisson said all of the support is appreciated.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the excitement of the guys,” he said. “These guys are working on the history of our department making sure we tell the story of the Norwalk fire department. ... Everybody through our whole roster has been working hard making sure we do it right.”

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