West Pawlet Firefighters to aid NYC

A group of volunteer firefighters from West Pawlet will lend a hand to a small neighborhood in the southeastern corner of Queens that was hurt by Hurricane Sandy. Meadowmere Park, which comprises just four streets and six blocks, is surrounded by water on all sides and residents estimate that flooding has destroyed every home’s basement and first floor, according to a release.

The West Pawlet Fire Department did not arbitrarily choose this town as their volunteer destination. The Meadowmere Park Volunteer Fire Department purchased West Pawlet’s first fire truck, a fully restored 1950 Chevy, several years ago from a private citizen who had bought and restored it. Meadowmere found West Pawlet when the department was looking for old parts from the truck. Unfortunately, the truck was also destroyed by the storm.

In the past, Meadowmere fire has also hosted West Pawlet firefighters to tour the city and local firehouses.

West Pawlet Capt. Antonio Landon said his department wanted to give aid where it was definitely needed.

“We wanted to help the victims of Sandy, and we picked Meadowmere Park because we knew exactly where it was going,” Landon said. Last year, he said, the men went to Killington to work on damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

The Vermont fire department likens itself to Meadowmere because they are both close-knit, volunteer groups. Landon said his men are trying to fill a trailer with supplies. At this point, they’re planning on heading down to Queens at 3 a.m. on Black Friday, and returning that night; six firefighters will travel with a truck, trailer and car. The Meadowmere fire chief, who has been too busy to speak much with volunteers, told firefighters from West Pawlet he would have work for them to do if they came down.

The department is asking locals to donate cleaning supplies, batteries, hand tools, new toys, nonperishable food and water and gift cards — there is a Lowes in close proximity to the damaged area.

All donations will be delivered in enclosed trailers by West Pawlet firefighters to the Meadowmere Park Fire Department, from where they will be distributed to members of the local community.

There are six drop-offs at the West Pawlet fire house: Nov. 11 from noon to 2 p.m.; Nov. 13 from 7 to 10 p.m.; Nov. 16 during the annual turkey raffle; Nov. 17 from noon to 2 p.m.; Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Nov. 20 from 7 to10 p.m. There will also be a drop-off on Nov. 10 at the Pawlet fire house during the 44th annual game supper.

To schedule a drop-off or for questions call Tom Best at 802-287-1800.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

2014 Washington County Fair Guide

Classifieds 08/20/14

Fire Co. renews search for lost horn

By Dan King Thirty years ago a silver plated presentation horn was stolen from the Whitehall Fire Company and the […]

Town finalizes speed reduction proposal

By Dan King Back in July, the Town of Whitehall drafted a proposal to reduce the speed limits of a […]

Superintendent upset with test scores

Whitehall Central School District Superintendent Elizabeth Legault has been analyzing data and researching educational policy in an attempt to turn […]

Increase in traffic hasn’t led to increase in accidents at intersection

By Dan King The intersection of County Routes 18 and 21 in Whitehall has always been a difficult intersection for […]

Enerjazz to conclude concert series

Whitehall’s summer concert series will be coming to a close on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. and to say […]

Cheerleading made an official sport

By Dan King After years of being a club sport and funding all expenditures on their own, Whitehall cheerleaders have […]

State says their own building has code violations

By Dan King New York State Canal Corporation recently stopped by the new location for Friends of the Washington County […]

Storefront undergoes rebirth

A storefront that has stood on West Main Street for more than 100 years has been given new life. When […]

W. Pawlet auction Thursday

The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual auction this evening at the West Pawlet Firehouse, Route 153, […]

State orders town to monitor former landfill

The state has threatened to take legal action against the town if it doesn’t begin submitting monitoring reports of groundwater […]