ROSWELL, Ga. – A Roswell fire engine headed to the small town of Island Park, N.Y., Nov. 26 after the engine was donated to help that town’s ailing fire department.
The Georgia chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund helped coordinate donations to those Northeastern communities hit by Hurricane Sandy. In Island Park’s case, the entire fire department was wiped out. The Roswell City Council unanimously decided to send a surplus engine to help the victims.
“We’re proud that we’re able to send a great piece of equipment that has served us so well,” said Roswell Fire Chief Ricky Spencer.
Within 36 hours of the call going out for help, fire departments around the state responded with donations, including Roswell’s engine. Mike Korsch, of the Georgia chapter of the Terry Farrell Fund, drove the fire engine to New York.
The engine was formally handed over to the residents of Island Park Wednesday, Nov. 28 in a ceremony in New York.