Bethel Park firefighters to donate fire truck toSandy-stricken Queens department
By Bobby Kerlik
Published: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, 12:32 p.m.
When a deputy chief suggested to Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Co. Chief David Gerber that the department donate one of its firetrucks to a hurricane-devastated fire department in New York, Gerber said yes.
“If something happened to us, hopefully somebody would do the same,” said Gerber, 40. “We just purchased a new truck in January, so we had an extra. We thought it would be a nice gesture.”
The Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Co. announced on Saturday that it was donating a red 1988 Pierce Arrow Fire Engine to the Broad Channel Fire Department in Queens, N.Y. Broad Channel lost three firetrucks, an ambulance, fire apparatus and equipment during Hurricane Sandy, Gerber said.
“They were wiped out,” Gerber said.
The Bethel Park fire department is working with The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, which is paying $2,400 to ship the truck on a flatbed Tuesday. The fund is named for a New York City firefighter who died on 9/11 and provides medical and educational assistance to firefighters, as well as equipment.
Brian Farrell, 62, who helps run the charity, said it has gotten donations of about seven firetrucks from across the country to help more than a dozen volunteer departments devastated by the hurricane. The departments are backed up by the Fire Department of New York but are first responders for smaller condo complexes.
“(Broad Channel) lost their stuff floating down the street. They have a bay on both sides, and it just washed over them,” said Farrell, the brother of Terry Farrell. “We lucked out. A lot of departments stepped up across the country.”
Donations to help cover shipping costs can be sent to The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, 1912 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, NY 11793 or go online to www.terryfund.org.
Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins insider: Malkin found confidence in Game 3
- Eddie Merlot’s steakhouse attracts with menu, wines, decor
- Husband to stand trial in Derry middle school teacher’s murder
- Pitcher Cueto shuts down Pirates as Reds cruise to victory at PNC
- SCI-Pittsburgh inmate taken to AGH after ‘severe beating’
- Real estate notes: Work on expansion to Pediatric Specialty Hospital to begin
- West Mifflin business joins forces with East Allegheny students
- Lemont woman accused of stealing purses, using credit cards
- Pirates notebook: MLB metes out suspensions
- Penguins notebook: Gibbons skates, status for Game 4 still unclear
- Election board rejects ballot referendum on Fayette County prison issues