Small town, big community spirit after the tornado

SHARON SPRINGS, Kan. (KSNW) – After the last tornado hit Sharon Springs, the community of 751 wasted no time in coming together to clean it up.

“I would say that wasn’t even a second thought,” said Aften Gardner, EMS deputy director for Wallace County. “Our firefighters and EMS are already all-volunteer, and we have amazing responders to start with. I wasn’t surprised at all. »

In October of last year, like this weekend’s tornado, the city was hit by an EF-1 tornado.

And just like six months ago, volunteers found broken windows all over town. They found a collapsed roof and scattered papers from a local business as well.

Some in town didn’t even know of the volunteers who came to Sharon Springs on weekends to help.

And the spirit of volunteerism that existed last year once again visited the community.

Unruh says they also fed the helping masses. They bought sandwiches at the local convenience store.

“And we brought water to everyone who was helping,” Unruh said. “Towns End Tavern supplied the pulled pork sandwiches last night, and they were handed out yesterday.”

“People we don’t even know showed up,” local paramedic Chad Kallsen said. “We feel pretty blessed.”

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