Sunday, August 19, 2007

A STEAK IN THE COMMUNITY


Sheffield Township Fire Department held their annual Steak Fry Saturday night at St. Lad’s picnic grounds on Clinton Ave. Fire Chief Joe Bandagski said that it is a lot of work to put on the event but it is worth it. “All of our Firemen, wives and other volunteers spend a lot of hours making sure that everything is just right for the people attending.” Another group that was on hand assisting the Firefighters is a group that is no stranger to helping them. The Blazettes! The Blazettes will go to fires and provide drinking water and snacks at fire scenes for the Firefighters, Sheffield Townships own little Red Cross canteen. “They are wonderful, they are made of up some wives and other volunteers who just want to help out and make sure that our Firefighters are taken care of while doing their job.”

Chief Bandagski said that with the money raised from the steak fry the Department will be able to purchase items like new jackets, shirts or even equipment like Pulse Ox’s. “Say we want to have a spare Pulse Ox, instead of going to the Trustee’s we can just purchase one using this money.”

Guests enjoyed great food, music, door prizes and other raffles but the night’s highlight flew in around 8 p.m. and landed in the field next to the pavilion. Metro LifeFlight arrived to an audience of a couple hundred people watching, but there was one three year old who was a little more familiar with the helicopter then most three year olds. He and his family were there to see the helicopter up close and to say Thank You to the medical team and Pilots. The father told us that his son was flown from Amherst Hospital to Metro a couple months ago and even though it was a very stressful time for him he said the crew set his mind at ease. “They were awesome, the flight was really smooth and to be able to watch them work with my son was amazing. We use to watch helicopters from our back yard and wonder about them, know we know what they do. We just wanted to be here to say Thank you to the crew.”
Chief Bandagski wanted to make sure that all of the citizens of the Township were properly thanked for all of their support. “It’s for them that we do this and to receive the tremendous amount of support from them is amazing and it is very much appreciated by everyone on the department.”

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2 Comments:

Anonymous T. said...

Excellent coverage !!! Really nice to see a "patient" and family stop by. Great to let the Community know that functions like this can be family friendly and safe to participate in. Thanks again.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Eric L. said...

Poor kid, he looks like he's choking. :)

4:09 PM  

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