Booklet planned for Mt. Pleasant firefighters to show thanks
Mt. Pleasant Borough Manager Jeff Landy, feeling the dedication shown by the borough's volunteer firefighters needs rewarding, is putting together a project to show them just how valuable they are to the community.
"All volunteers are important," Landy said. "If you volunteer, you are making a difference somewhere. But I think that a volunteer fireman is a little different. These are the guys that get up in the middle of the night when we are all sleeping and these are the guys that are out there risking their lives for us," he said. "I wanted to do something a little special to show them how much they are appreciated."
Landy has decided to put together a coupon book that will be given to all the department's volunteer firemen and volunteer ambulance members, giving them special offers from local businesses, offered only to them.
"I think it's a great idea," Mt. Pleasant Fire Chief Gerald Lucia said. "I know that it is something that the guys will all appreciate."
Lucia added that with the busy schedules and demands of being a volunteer firefighter, the number of those willing to help their local departments have dwindled rapidly over the years.
"Just 15 years ago, there were 235,000 volunteer firemen in the state of Pennsylvania," Lucia said. "Now there is only about 77,000."
Answering calls seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the dedication needed to be a volunteer fireman can be daunting, and Landy wants the firemen who volunteer and put their lives on the line to know that they are serving a community who is grateful for their services.
Landy reached out to the business community through the Business District Authority and received some response from business owners who want to participate, but hopes to get more interest from businesses in the borough.
"We did get some response, but I think it's going to be something that has to be done on a one-on-one basis," Landy said. "We need to go to all of these businesses personally and ask."
Landy hopes to create a nice reward for the 55 volunteers who will receive them.
"It's a good way to give back to them," Landy said, adding that he is asking anyone willing to help with the project to contact him. "If there is anyone that is willing to help me put this together, I would really appreciate their help."
Anyone interested in helping or any business that would like to participate may call the borough office at 724-547-6745.