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Holiday Park firefighters recognized for collection efforts

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, 3:27 p.m.

Members of the Fire Department Relief Mission of Western Pennsylvania recognized Holiday Park volunteer firefighters for their assistance in its third goodwill mission to the Dominican Republic.

Relief Logistics Coordinator Mark Sawinski and Operations Director Michael Talerico presented a proclamation to fire Chief James Sims and fire Lt. Daniel Giannettino at a Plum council meeting.

“We do this all without pay,” Sawinski said. “We pay our own airfare on each trip to the Dominican Republic to do this. Every dime received in donations goes towards shipping costs involved with sending over this equipment as it is not cheap.”

The Relief Mission collects old gear, hoses, equipment and fire apparatus to donate to fire companies overseas.

Holiday Park was one of many departments that donated and collected donations to help the people of Barahona. They assisted in a Feb. 11 event in Reno, Pa., for the charitable efforts.

“We are proud to be able to participate with this program, and we hope to be able to continue in supporting their efforts and possibly making one of the mission trips,” Sims said. “I have seen the photographs of the donated equipment in use, and it is good to know that it is in fact being used and that it is also appreciated by the firefighters in the Dominican Republic. These donations by all of the departments just shows the true brotherhood of the fire service.”

More information about the relief mission is available on Facebook by searching for The FD Relief Mission of Western PA .

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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