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Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Dept. Sign Sparks Controversy

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This saying was posted outside the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department Monday night and was replaced with another version Wednesday. This saying was posted outside the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department Monday night and was replaced with another version Wednesday.
BLACKSBURG, S.C. -

A controversial message was posted on the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department’s sign Monday night reading: “we, the willing, led by the unknowing, continue to do the impossible for the ungrateful.”

It is not a direct quote, but an old fire department saying, according to Chief Cline Gore.

“That is just a thought-provoking sign. I believe that some of it has been taken out of context and really should not have."

“It ended with ungrateful,” says Blacksburg resident Bryna Sansing. “Everybody thinks they are calling people in town ungrateful.”

Gore tells us the wording was incorrect. It was changed Wednesday to read: “we, the willing, led by the unknown, continue to do the impossible for the grateful.”

Gore also points out that the message was not directed to anyone in particular, but others disagree.

Town Administrator Trudy Martin felt the sign and the original message was a dig at the council, who recently voted to cut the volunteer fire department's funding by $40,000.

“I saw the sign and was pretty surprised,” Martin said.

The slash in funding has some people concerned about how emergencies will be handled in the future. Gore tells 7 On Your Side the department will continue to operate as they always have.

“Every call will be answered,” Gore said.

As for the sign, it will change like always have -- displaying fire safety tips, announcements and the occasional thought-provoking message.

Emily Pace
Emily is a general assignment reporter covering Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
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