Offering a helping hand, the Roswell Fire Department has donated a 1991 Sutphen fire engine to the Island Park, N.Y. Volunteer Fire Department.
Contacted with a request for help from the Georgia Chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, Roswell Fire Chief Ricky Spencer facilitated the donation, getting it approved by City Council at their Nov. 14 council meeting — just two days after the request came in.
“We're proud to be able to send a great piece of equipment that has served us well to someone in need,” Spencer said.
The truck departed from Roswell Monday with Mike Korsch of the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, a national organization established after Sept. 11, 2001 to aid firefighters and departments in need, behind the wheel.
At the send-off ceremony, Korsch said the city of Island Park, with a population of less than 10,000, is currently operating without an engine or a fire station. Both were destroyed by wind and water.
Mayor Jere Wood and city council members, who were present at the send-off, expressed pride about their city's donation.
“This is a great day for Roswell. Even though we're a big city … we still have this great small-town feel,” said City Councilwoman Becky Wynn.
The truck left Roswell full of donations of food, clothing and more collected from various organizations, including Taylor Road Middle School.
The city also donated a smoke-blowing power fan to Island Park.
For more information on the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, visit www.terryfund.org.