Two days before Christmas, Crystal and Michael Baker and their family stood in the cold rain outside the blackened shell of their burned home and surveyed the damage.
On Saturday, their rental home on High Street was severely damaged by fire despite the best efforts of 20 firefighters. On Tuesday, the Bakers were happy to see several firefighters return, but this time without the sirens.
Members of central Kentucky's newest firefighter association, the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, presented the Bakers a $125 Wal-Mart gift card to help stem their loss during the holidays. After Saturday's fire, the club took up a collection, mainly from their own pockets, to help a family in need.
"That's the fireman way to do it. Plus it's the holidays and we're a family-oriented group," said club Vice President Greg Crawford. "We wanted the kids to have a good Christmas like everybody else."