Kyle McHargue has been assisting WTFD in one way or another since he was old enough to help.
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Kyle McHargue has been assisting WTFD in one way or another since he was old enough to help. Photo submitted
Montgomery County's own, Kyle McHargue has shown his selfless nature time and time again. As so many emergency service men and woman do, Mchargue has often put himself in harm’s way to help others in need. McHargue has served on the Walnut Township Volunteer Fire Department for many years as a proud firefighter and EMT.
McHargue grew up and lives in New Ross. He is a graduate of Southmont High School and has been assisting the WTFD in one way or another since he was old enough to help however and whenever he could. Folks in town remember him being a kid, and on any given weekend you could find Kyle cleaning trucks and preparing equipment in case of an emergency. Lots of little kids dream of being a fireman someday and go on to do other things as they get older but It was clear from an early age that McHargue would be a firefighter and / or EMT. It was in his blood.
This may be his greatest challenge yet. As Hurricane Dorian gained momentum threatening the safety of residents on the eastern seaboard, McHargue felt he could not sit back and do nothing. His acquired skills through years of emergency service, experience and training could be crucial in a time like this and his training could be of service to those in such dire need.
Sunday afternoon, the Walnut Township volunteer firefighter received the call.
McHargue learned he is being deployed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the federal response to Hurricane Dorian. This is his first multi-week deployment with FEMA.
When the call came to serve his fellow man, Mchargue answered as he has done so many times locally. In a few short hours, Mchargue said a quick goodbye to his family and friends with no certainty as to where he was being sent.
The Paper caught up with him before he hit the road.
“I have always wanted to volunteer. I love being able to help people,” he explained. “I don't do it for the money or the glory. There is just something about being able to help people that I enjoy. We are currently enroute to Columbia, S.C. for staging. I have no idea where they will send us from there. They say that we could be gone from one to two weeks . . . up to 30 days. They are monitoring four other storms they are watching as well.”



A representative of the Walnut Township Volunteer Fire Department stated, “All of us at Walnut Township Volunteer Fire Department wish Kyle and all the first-responders heading towards the disaster safety during the response and a safe return.”