SANATOGA PA – Members of the Sanatoga Fire Company will be out on East High Street in front of the fire station Saturday (July 20, 2013) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to collect voluntary donations that will benefit the families of 19 firefighters who died June 30 while battling a 6,000-acre wildfire in central Arizona.
The effort is part of a larger collection being coordinated across Montgomery County by fire companies and emergency service providers. Members of Lower Pottsgrove’s other fire company, Ringing Hill, also are said to be participating in the county program.
The “boot drive” conducted by Sanatoga near the corner of East High Street and Pleasant View Road is expected to slow traffic slightly during the collection period. Motorists should beware of reduced speed vehicles, occasional stops, and fire company members at the center line and shoulders of the highway.
Sanatoga emergency medical technician and fire company Lt. Derek Dry urged community residents to “please come out and support your local fire company as we help the families of our fellow brothers in Prescott AZ … Every dollar counts.” All of the money collected Saturday, he added, would be forwarded to the county fund-raising effort being headed by the Norriton Fire Engine Company.
The June 30 tragedy occurred as the elite squad of 19 moved close to Arizona’s Yarnell Hill wildfire, northwest of Phoenix, to set up barriers that would stop its destructive spread. The fire turned unexpectedly and trapped them. It represented the most deadly day for the nation’s firefighters since the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001; and was the deadliest wildfire since 1933, when 25 lost their lives near Griffith Park CA.
The Montgomery County goal is to raise $95,000, or slightly more than $1,000 per municipality. Collections and other efforts like those of Sanatoga and Ringing Hill will continue through Aug. 31. Nineteen checks of equal amounts from the county’s donors will be delivered to the victim’s families on Sept. 11 (2013), according to information supplied by Norriton.
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