Eagle Fire Department helps build playground on Labor Day

Posted at 10:23 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 00:23:51-04
Board by board, screw by screw, what was an empty space in the Pine Ridge subdivision in Eagle is being transformed into a playground. 
"It gives the little kids something to do besides get in trouble," said Jerry Wagner, who donated the funds for the structure. 
But it's not a construction crew that worked long hours in the heat on Labor Day, it's actually Engine 41 of the Eagle Fire Department. 
"This is actually the first playground I've built," said Captain Bob Rechenmacher. "We got a call that they had a new play-set donated and they said they needed some assistance helping, so we got a crew from Station 1 to come down here and help them build it."
While it's not fighting fires, Captain Rechenmacher said putting down the fire hose and picking up a ratchet and some bolts is a rewarding way of giving back to the community. 
 "It's all part of our job. It's fun to come help, and you get to meet a lot of people too," said Captain Rechenmacher.
On this occasion, the man they got to meet happened to be the man who donated the money for the play-set, Jerry Wagner, a former Treasure Valley firefighter who doesn't even live in the neighborhood. 
"I wanted to give back to the community that gave to me," said Wagner.
While some donated their time, others donated the funds, all to make our community a better place.
"I just hope the kids get a lot of enjoyment out of this one," said Captain Rechenmacher.
The structure that was built Monday at the Pine Ridge subdivision is just the small portion of what will be a large playground that residents are hoping to name Wagner Park after Jerry and Karen Wagner.