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Fire department honors Whitesville Elementary student's 'selfless act'

Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In a rural community, the roles of places like schools and volunteer fire departments can’t be ignored. Together they serve as meeting places and sometimes social venues where people gather, connect and support one another.

Wednesday morning at Whitesville Elementary School, members of the Pimlico Rural Volunteer Fire Department joined forces with teachers, administrators and students on the campus to thank and support a selfless 5th-grader.

Weeks prior, Rylee Enevoldsen ran a lemonade stand during a large yard sale. Her original goal was to collect as much mad cash as possible to wildly spend on an upcoming Disney World trip.

When Rylee learned a fundraiser for fire department hadn’t gone as planned. She immediately made the decision to donate half of her profits to their cause.

“She gave half of it to them,” her mother Krystal Enevoldsen said. “…When she found out that they didn’t have enough, it really bothered her. You know, that’s our main lifeline out in Pimlico.”

As a parent, Krystal Enevoldsen said she’s at a 10 of 10 when it comes to pride in her child.

“I cried a little. It makes you feel good. We’re doing something right,” she said.

Two 5th-grade classes lined the student dropoff area at Whitesville Elementary as a firetruck providing Rylee’s special ride to school pulled up in the lot with lights flashing and sirens shouting. Pimlico Rural Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kevin S. Carter said honoring Rylee in that way was a no-brainer.

 “It was one of the most selfless things I’ve seen a child do in a long time,” he said. “I really hope that she’s an encouragement to other children.”

In addition to getting the special ride to school, the fire department, accompanied by applause from dozens, of students and teachers, presented Rylee with a citizenship award.

It was a day Rylee described as “really cool,” but it’s not about her feelings. She’s more concerned about the feelings of others.

 “I want others to feel great about who they are and not what happened in the past,” Rylee said.


Brian Troutman