Niles girl delivers hot chocolate to firefighters after structure fire

Submitted photo Niles firefighter Rory Iwaniuk sits and talks with 10-year-old Kate Hill after Hill brought firefighters hot chocolate during a Thursday morning fire.

Submitted photo
Niles firefighter Rory Iwaniuk sits and talks with 10-year-old Kate Hill after Hill brought firefighters hot chocolate during a Thursday morning fire.

Wearing a teal winter coat and matching gloves, 10-year-old Kate Hill trudged through several inches of snow to deliver a tray of hot cocoa to firefighters who were just about finished battling a stubborn attic fire across the street.

It was a snow day, so the Niles Adventist School fourth grader had been watching the scene unfold through a window in the comfort of her family’s home on North 4th Street in Niles.

She said she thought the firefighters looked cold and wanted to do something about it.

She made eight cups of hot chocolate and her 4-year-old sister, Claire, added marshmallows.

“It was cold outside and I thought they might want to warm up,” Kate said.

Firefighters were touched by the young girl’s kindness.

“I’ve had adults before bring out coffee, but never a child,” said Niles Township Firefighter Paul Rainwater. “It was very thoughtful and welcome, that’s for sure.”

Niles firefighter Rory Iwaniuk sat in the snow and chatted with Kate as he enjoyed his cup of cocoa.

“You don’t see that very often with kids nowadays,” he said. “We really appreciated it. It was a very nice gesture.”

Dowagiac

Young Professionals of Greater Dowagiac reach fundraising requirements for Russom Park Pavilion Project

Dowagiac

Rotarian Walter Swann discusses life, community outreach

Cass County

Three Rivers man sentenced to probation for meth possession

Cass County

Edwardsburg man sentenced to one year for assault

Cass County

Cass County hosting workshop about child abuse prevention

Berrien County

Spectrum Health Lakeland revises visitor guidelines

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer asks residents to take COVID-19 precautions, high schools to suspend in-person activities

Cassopolis

Cassopolis couple working to get musical nonprofit off the ground

Berrien County

Berrien County commissioners approve 911 grant

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg/Ontwa Township Police Log: March 29 to April 5

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 723,297 cases, 16,400 deaths

Cass County

Cass County 4-H offering painting program

Berrien County

Johnson and Johnson vaccine clinic to be hosted at Niles-Buchanan YMCA

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer, MDHHS encourage spring break travelers to get tested for COVID-19

Berrien County

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day taking place next week at LMC campus

Dowagiac

Dowagiac District Library hosting poetry contest

Education

Edwardsburg chamber fundraising to donate personalized tumblers to graduating seniors

Business

Niles DDA takes on NODE expenses

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 715,478 cases, 16,327 deaths

Berrien County

Niles man hospitalized after motorcycle, SUV crash

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: April 2-4

News

State approves Niles social district

Cassopolis

Bureau of Land Management to offer wild horses, burros for adoption, sale at Cassopolis event

Berrien County

Law enforcement taking part in National Distracted Driving Awareness Month