HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (WXYZ) - They say words are power and tonight we’re learning how the words of one firefighter from Hamtramck were powerful enough to capture the attention of a well known cable channel.
The city of Hamtramck is celebrating the nation’s birthday a day later, a day after the fourth of July - all thanks to the selfless actions and selfless words of one firefighter and the support he received from his chief.
“The firefighters name is John Dropchuk. He wrote the essay about the city of Hamtramck,” says Hamtramck Fire Chief Paul Wilk.
The 150 word essay captured the hearts of those at the cable channel, Destination America.
They would learn in his essay the city has a rich history - one that includes Veterans Park, where the fireworks will be set off.
It was a competition that chief Paul Wilk read about in USA Weekend. The paper joined forces with the cable channel to provide a well deserving city the chance for - you could say a big party.
“We thought we could get something to do for our community you know, we’re just trying to make a difference and get everyone together,” says Wilk.
Crews from Destination America have been working all week to get Keyworth Stadium and Veterans Park here spruced up.
You can see the crews from the cable station preparing for tonight’s big festivities.
“It’s going to be the first fireworks the city’s had in 30 plus years,” says .Dropchuk. “We have a lot of new Americans and this might be the first fireworks that they’ve seen in a long time, if ever.”
Soon the stands will be filled - filled with many of the city’s 22,000 residents and thousands of others who will join in and celebrate.
“It’s amazing, it’s huge and I don’t think we’re going to realize how huge it is until it’s actually done,” say Wilk.
You still have time to join in on the fun. Soon junior walker’s all stars will take the stage at 8:45 and the fireworks show will start at 9:30.
There’s no cost to get in. It’s happening at Keyworth Stadium at 3201 Roosevelt in Hamtramck.
You can read the entire 150-word essay below.