"That was a pick-me-up when we really needed it," Miller said. "And he got noticed - we got a $20,000 donation from a TV station in Taiwan, because of this gentleman."
Shaffer helped cut the ribbon Saturday. As he looked the new facility up and down, he said, "I think it's pretty neat."
The 8,000 square foot facility is twice the size of the old station and has about 4,500 square feet of room for potential expansion. The entire building is equipped with a sprinkler system and an exhaust system.
"It's virtually fireproof," Lilly said.
The Call Road location is more centrally located and closer to the interstate, where a large percentage of emergency calls are generated, he said.
"I'd venture to say it's the only fire department in the state 100-percent up to code," Miller joked.
Johnson, who the station is named after, walked through the new building, pointing out amenities and reflecting on his many years fighting fires and leading the department.
"We've come from having almost nothing," Johnson said. "You can't explain sitting there looking at 50 years of loss," he said, reflecting on the fire. "But we never did miss a call."
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