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Ousted Seffner fire chief helps homeowner

SEFFNER — There's no love lost between Hills­borough Country Fire Rescue and former volunteer fire Chief Bradley Price.

But to Marsha Webb, the ousted chief is a hero.

Weeks ago, Price announced his plan to disburse the $325,000 profit from the sale of his defunct fire station.

The money, he said, would be given out a few thousand dollars at a time to uninsured Seffner-Mango residents who had lost their homes to fire.

Price said the plan was meant to stick it to the county, which had forced his volunteer station to close in 2005 after Price was accused of sexual harassment and posting nude pictures on the Internet.

He said he wanted to be "a thorn in the side of Hillsborough County" for as long as he could.

A few weeks after his announcement, however, firefighters at the new Seffner-Mango station challenged him to keep his word.

They came forward with a name: Marsha Webb.

Webb's house burned in January. The 54-year-old grandmother had gone without insurance after a sinkhole claim raised her rates. Now her house was a blackened mess, and there was nothing she could do.

Firefighter Walter Ramos told her there was someone who could help: Bradley Price.

And Price came through.

Webb wouldn't say exactly how much Price's nonprofit — the remnants of the volunteer station's board of directors — agreed to give her. She said Price asked her to keep the amount to herself.

But it was more than she had expected, she said.

"I'm going to be able to pay the plumbing bill hanging over my head and be able to do the drywall and maybe the cabinets," she said.

She was thankful to Price, but also to Ramos.

"He is the one who remembered my name and that I didn't have insurance," she said. "I wouldn't have known there was money allocated for that."

S.I. Rosenbaum can be reached at 661-2442.

Ousted Seffner fire chief helps homeowner 05/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:28pm]
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