MENASHA (NBC 26) – Over the past three summers, fire hydrants in Menasha have been upgraded. Tom Miller, a resident of the city, is on a mission to restore dull, pink fire hydrants to a fresh, bright red color.
“So far, I’ve had hundreds of faucets and just had fun doing it, and making things good in the city… and that’s the key… is doing something good,” says Miller. ‘ said Miller.
He started in the summer of 2020, all because he wanted to do something good for the city.
“I’m thinking about things to do well for Menasha. My father was a former fire chief from 1979 to 1994. My wife’s father was the fire chief at Kimberly Clark,” Miller said.
The good job he chose was painting fire hydrants. He goes out on his free mornings and paints four or five days a day.
The first summer he did nine paintings in Downtown Menasha, the second summer he painted about 40, and this summer he painted fire hydrants on Doty Island. He turned 45 years old alone this summer.
The city buys him paint and he volunteers his time to keep his city beautiful. Miller has painted over 100 fire hydrants to date but he has no plans to stop anytime soon.
There’s no possibility of stopping anytime soon because when I stop and finish things on the other side of Menasha… I’ll have to redo what I started three years ago so it’s just non-stop, says Miller. take a break,” Miller said.
He cares about the city he calls home and wants to make sure it stays as beautiful as he knows it to be.
“One small step at a time, I’m trying to make it look better,” says Miller.