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Casual phone call sparks $20,000 donation to fire department

WALES, Wis. (WISN) -

What started as mysterious phone call ended with an anonymous $20,000 donation to the Wales-Genesee Fire Department.

Wales-Genesee Fire Chief Jim Moon took a call in mid-December 2017 from someone asking about donations.

"I had gotten a phone call from a gentleman asking me how he could donate to the Wales Fire Department," Moon said. "And then he asked me 'What -- if you could buy anything -- would you buy right now that you don't budget for?'"

Moon mentioned to the mystery man that he would buy thermal imaging cameras. But Moon also spoke about their high cost. About a week later, a check for $20,000 came in the mail.

"Shock," Moon said about the moment he opened the letter. "Pretty much shock, you know? You look at it and you think, you know, 'Can this be real?'”

Moon said he went to the bank, the check cleared, and two days later, he purchased three thermal imaging cameras.

"They help us find hot spots behind walls, under piles of debris," Moon said.

Moon said in his 37 years with the department, this was by far the largest donation he's seen.

"A normal donation is $100, $200, $1,000 maybe," Moon said.

He has a message for whoever sent the cash.

"Thank you very much, thank you beyond very much. Words don’t do it." 

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