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Franklin Neighborhood Helps Firefighters at Temporary Command Post -- Jen French

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FRANKLIN (Jen French) -- After a deadly tanker crash closed the Peytonsville bridge, the city of Franklin is now split in half. Firefighters have been worried about emergency response times.

To keep emergency response times quick, firefighters have set up a temporary command post on the east side of the bridge at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center.  

The Highlands at Ladd Park neighborhood association decided they wanted to respond to the firefighters helping them.

Michelle Sutton says the meals she makes come from her heart.

She and her neighbors are making meals for Franklin firefighters at the temporary command post for the next 100 days.

A Franklin Fire Department spokesperson said an emergency on the east side would take firefighters on the west side nearly 20 minutes to get to if they didn't set up the temporary command post.

Before the crash, it would've taken crews less than 10.

"It means a lot. I have a six month old son, and I know our neighborhood has a lot of children," Sutton said.

Though firefighters have gone out of their way, they didn't expect neighbors to do the same.

"It's really going above and beyond anything I would expect. You know if they brought down a meal a week or a meal every couple weeks that would be great but trying to do it every day, that's quite a task," Mike Morgan , Franklin fire engineer said

Franklin city firefighters say they are working in shifts, so they will rotate with fire fighters at the main station.

The Neighborhood association is also raising money for Bobby Bobo's family, the truck driver who was killed in Friday's fiery crash.

To help with the meal train for firefighters, visit https://mealtrain.com/r6wkl

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