The Lake City Fire Department broke ground on a new fire station on Friday morning, signaling the start of construction for the city’s soon-to-be second station.
The fire department held the event in honor of former Chief Randy Burnham, who died in September after a battle with COVID-19.
“Chief Randy Burnham spent the last three years of his life working tirelessly to make this happen,” Chief Joshua Wehinger said at the ceremony.
The new station will help fulfill Burnham’s vision for the Lake City Fire Department with faster response times on the western side of the city, according to Wehinger.
Columbia County donated the property for the station located between West Branch Library of the Columbia County Library District and Skate Palace on NW Hall of Fame Drive.
“This project shows that if we have a goal and we all work together, great things will happen,” Wehinger said. “This is going to be the first of many great things for the Lake City Fire Department.”