Bay Village firefighters raise funds for Village Project

Firefighter Tim Matanick, treasurer for the Bay Village Firefighters Association, hands a donation to Barb Harrell, Executive Director of the Village Project.

Saturday, June 13, was a warm, and eventually sunny, day, and ended up being nearly perfect for the Bay Village Fire Department's annual open house. Part of the Destination Bay event, our open house drew more than 700 people to the fire station. Visitors had opportunities to check out the fire trucks, sign up for our ReadyNotify emergency communications system, and the ever-popular chance to shoot water from a real fire hose. Residents were also able to sample hot dogs (grilled by our very own firefighters), pizza, and frozen treats donated by local businesses, and were encouraged to make a donation to the Village Project.

A majority of the Bay Village firefighters (and even a few of their families) were on hand that day to help give tours, cook food, answer questions, and help kids “put out the fire.” They collected $296.42 that day, and were very excited to present this money on Aug. 13.

Barb Harrell, the executive director of the Village Project, always exuberant and smiling, said, “We just appreciate our Fire Department so much. These guys are not only willing to risk life and limb for us, but they are even willing to come in on a day off and give this community a great event like the annual open house .. and to collect donations for our Project while they do it!”

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:51 AM, 09.01.2015