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The gift of a fire station.

A lottery winner in the small town of Camden Point, Missouri, wanted to thank his local firefighters for saving his father's life and did so in an incredible way: He built them a new fire station.

In 2012, Mark and Cindy Hill won more than $290 million in the Powerball jackpot, and have been discreetly donating to numerous causes ever since.

But their latest good deed was far too big to keep quiet. They built a brand new fire station in Camden Point as a way to show their gratitude to the local firefighters, who saved the life of Mark's father not once, but twice.

The impressive energy-efficient station boasts training rooms, large bay areas for trucks and local ambulances, and heated floors. According to KMBC, Hill engaged in "meticulous planning with the fire district, architects and contracts" to create a structure that would last for many years.

The new fire station was formally dedicated on July 16, with many of the town's 500 residents present to participate in the celebration.

Steve Folck of the Camden Point Fire District Board says that the board is "very blessed" to have been gifted such a "beautiful structure."

But the Hills are uncomfortable with the attention they've received for their kindness. "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," he told KMBC News.

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Author:Clabough, Raven
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U4MO
Date:Sep 19, 2016
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