Hays City Commissioners on Thursday evening at their regular work session expressed their appreciation to the Hays Fire Department for helping out the city of Plainville last week.

When two longtime members of the Plainville Fire Department died July 12, the Hays Fire Department stepped in to cover for the department while its members attended the funeral services.

“I think the commission ought to do something just to commend our fire department,” said Hays City Commissioner Eber Phelps at the work session in City Hall, 1507 Main.

“I thought that was great that our firefighters went over there to stand guard on the city of Plainville while they paid tribute to two fire chiefs,” Phelps said. “I really thought that was a nice gesture on the city’s part.”

The commissioners agreed that the city will draft a letter from the commission to the fire department.

A post on the Hays Fire Department’s Facebook page said, “It’s a task no department ever wants to take on, but it is an honor to help out our brothers and sisters in Rooks County as the Plainville Fire Department lays to rest two retired chief officers.”

The Hays Fire Department sent an engine and three firefighters to cover calls for the city of Plainville during the funerals of retired chief Keith Mongeau, 68, and retired assistant chief Bob Wise, 71.

“Covering for the Plainville Fire Department allowed their firefighters to attend the funerals without worry of being interrupted by calls,” said the post.

Nearly 100 people replied with “thank you” comments to the post, while another almost 800 gave a thumbs up or heart to the post.

Commenting on the post, Plainville resident Kimberly Houser posted “How awesome. Thank you Hays Fire Department and God Bless you all!!!”

Jerry and Karen Casey posted “Thank you Hays Fire Department from the community of Plainville, Ks! May God bless all of you!!”

“Thank you to Hays firefighters for helping out,” said Plainville resident Gerri Bair Meitler. “Very kind of you.”

Robert Meyers commented, “HFD is awesome thanks for covering. I had the privilege of working with both of them while in Plainville. RIP.”