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McLane gift assures Milano fire station


ONE HURT—An 18-year-old Austin man underwent surgery at Seton Williamson County Hospital in Round Rock following this one-vehicle rollover at 2:42 p.m. Friday on US 79 at FM 1786 (Alcoa turnoff). Trooper Ernest DelBosque said Austin Wyborny was westbound when his 2000 Ford Explorer skidded on the wet pavement and hit a concrete culvert. The Rockdale VFD used its jaws of life to free the driver. 
Reporter/Mike Brown ONE HURT—An 18-year-old Austin man underwent surgery at Seton Williamson County Hospital in Round Rock following this one-vehicle rollover at 2:42 p.m. Friday on US 79 at FM 1786 (Alcoa turnoff). Trooper Ernest DelBosque said Austin Wyborny was westbound when his 2000 Ford Explorer skidded on the wet pavement and hit a concrete culvert. The Rockdale VFD used its jaws of life to free the driver. Reporter/Mike Brown MILANO—The Milano Volunteer Fire Department got a huge boost towards its yet-to-be constructed station last week when the Drayton McLane Jr. family donated $200,000 to the group.

The presentation took place in a meeting on Nov. 20.

The station will be built directly on the west side of the new Milano Community Shelter, located on US 79 near the town’s center. The MVFD helped fund a portion of that building.

For the past 19 years the McLane family has owned property near Milano and family representatives said they wanted to support the MVFD by committing the monetary donation for the new building.

The former Houston Astros owner was approached by his high school classmate, Franklin Stewart, of Cameron, about helping fund the project.

The station is expected to be 7,200 square feet and include four double- truck bays to be used for the MVFD emergency equipment and trucks and an off ice. A helicopter landing zone will be located behind the station. Its estimated cost is $201,221.

The group’s station is currently at the Milano Civic Center.

The donation will come in increments with the group getting all the funds in less than half a year, MVFD chief Jesse Love said.

“I plan to go to Mueller Inc. (metal buildings contractor) this week,” Love said. “Our concrete guy said it will be mid-December when he can start on his part.”

Love estimated the whole project will take four months, weather and contractors permitting.

“We’re extremely, extremely thankful to the Drayton McClain Jr. family for doing that for us, giving us the money,” MVFD assistant chief Travis Yoakum said af ter the meeting. “ We would eventually get a building, but it would have taken years and years. He came through for us. We’re extremely happy. We’re excited to get started.”


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