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Hours before what ended up being a dud prediction of the end of the world by Harold Camping, Lincoln was celebrating the beginning of something intended to sustain lives.  

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and several local delegates on May 21 were on hand for the groundbreaking on a new Ellendale Volunteer Fire Department in the usually sleepy town that borders Ellendale and Milford.  

“Some here have been serving their town for 30 to 40 years, not because it’s the law, but because it is the right thing to do,” Carper said to the gathered firefighters at the event. “I salute you for that service.  

“Two hundred years from now, those who serve or drive by this building will wonder, ‘who built that,’” he continued. “You’ve all had a hand in this.”  

Founded in 1920, the Ellendale Fire Company serves an area of more than 60 square miles and protects more than 15,000 residents from its main station on Route 16 in the town’s limits. The second station will give it faster response times to areas in Lincoln and surrounding areas, Fire Company President Jay Jones said.  

“This is the fastest growing area of our fire district,” firefighter Aaron Moore said of Lincoln. “We’re pleased that with the completion of this station, we’ll have much faster response times to emergencies.”  

Barring setbacks, the fire company hopes to have construction on the new station completed by the end of December.