The small community of Camden Point feels like they have just won the lottery… thanks to a local couple who did win the $293 million Missouri Powerball lottery and decided to give back to their little town.
A brand new, state-of-the-art firehouse is the latest contribution Mark and Cindy Hill have made to their community, just a few miles north of Kansas City. The facility took more than a year to build, and is large enough to house both the ambulance service and the fire trucks.
Humble to the core, the Hills would have preferred to not even have any recognition for their gift. “You know what? If my wife and I could have built this without anybody knowing that her and I were building it, that’s exactly what we would have done,” Mark Hill said.
He said he’d “rather be changing the oil in your car” instead of giving an interview about his gift.
One of the main reasons he wanted to do it, is because twice previously, it was volunteer firefighters who saved his father’s life. “My wife and I were able to pay them back,” Hill said.
Since winning the Powerball lottery in November 2012, the couple has adopted two more children, bought new cars, built a bigger home, and taken several vacations. They have also quietly contributed to many charities. But they didn’t feel like that was enough, and he remembered what the firemen had done for his father.
Designed by the best architects and contractors, the new fire station was built to last for years. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 16.
“I’m just proud to be a part of it,” Hill said. “See, I don’t think about my wife and I actually, I just don’t think that way. I’m proud that this is in my family, .and I’m proud to know there’s an ambulance service right here, I mean, how many towns of 500 people have an ambulance service that’s manned 24-7, very few, I’m proud to be part of that.”
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