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Our Old Yellow Pumper Truck is Off to Queens

The fire department will be donating a slew of donated goods to Hurricane Sandy victims in Broad Channel, Queens...all inside of a gift fire truck.

All things for a reason. When the Sleepy Hollow fire department had trouble selling off its old yellow pumper truck – recently replaced by a shiny new orange model — an opportunity to be charitable presented itself. 

The Sleepy Hollow Fire Department has forged something of a sister-village relationship with Broad Channel, Queens, one of the many oceanfront areas hit badly by Hurricane Sandy. 

The fire department has been, and continues, to collect donated goods this week at the fire house. (If no one answers there, try the police department next door.) They could use: 

nonperishable food, water, diapers, cleaning supplies, gloves, new or barely used clothes, hygiene products (for men, women & children), blankets, school supplies, etc.

On Saturday morning, volunteers will drive these goods in something of a Santa's sleigh, the old yellow pumper truck, that will go and stay in Broad Channel to help their fire department.

The Village Board approved at Tuesday night's work session this generous gift. 

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BOB I November 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
a great gesture on the part of the SHFD.i'm sure that it will be put to good use.
Clarice November 24, 2012 at 06:21 PM
What a wonderful gesture WTG Sleepy Hollow!
Michael Blalock November 24, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I suppose it was a nice gesture to give a fire truck costing over a half a million dollars away. The village should have tried harder to recoup some of that money back into the village general funds before givining that kind of money away. When I asked about not having Christms ornaments on street lights,I was told they don't have the money to place Christmas ornaments snow fakes on the major streets lights in town. Now, I know why a mis-management of funds.
Jeanne November 25, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Every once in a while something happens that really reaffirms my faith in humanity. What a wonderful thing for the Fire Department to do. I sincerely hope that Michael Blalock, who made comments about the town trying harder to recoup the funds before donating the truck and calling it "mis-management of funds" will see the big picture. Really, are snow flake ornaments on the street lights more important than helping fellow human beings who have lost everything? I think he needs a visit from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
John Korzelius November 25, 2012 at 01:03 PM
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John Korzelius November 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Dear Mr. Blalock Before you comment you should probably check all your facts. The truck that was donated was purchased back in 1991 and did not cost the Village $500,000.00. The truck was advertised in the newspaper and on Ebay and no one expressed interest. The original asking asking price was $25,000.00 with no solitician. The Mayor and the Village Board along with the Fire Department decided that this was the right thing to do to help a community out who has absolutely nothing. This Department is funded by donations only i.e. purchasing fire equipment. So Mr. Blalock seeing that your so concerned i invite you to join the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department and help your community out instead of blasting it every chance you get. I have yet to hear one taxpayer complain, i have heard nothing but positive feedback from every resident i spoken with. Feel free to check www.sleepyhollowfd.org for photos of the destroyed Broad Channel fire truck. Once again the Mayor and Board decided it was the right thing to do in helping the Town of Broad Channel and their residents with a piece of equipment which will serve as their primary Fire Protection. All of their emergency apparatus was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. I would hope if the Village of Sleepy Hollow was ever in that position that someone would do the same for us, and i know they would.
John Korzelius November 25, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Mr. Blalock In case you do not know this Fire Department helped with the rescue and recovery efforts on September 11, 2001. The days following we were stationed at various firehouses throughout the Bronx, protecting the residents of the City of New York. After Hurrican Irene, this Fire Department along with several other Westchester County Fire Departments collected food and clothing for the residents of Greene County in upstate New York. This Department knows no boundaries when tragedy strikes ANYWHERE. Once again help your residents of your community or another organization instead of putting us down. Volunteerism knows no borders. This Department will respond anytime or anywhere when a call for help goes out. I would like to thank the Mayor and Board and the Residents of the Village of Sleepy Hollow for their donations of food, clothing and the Fire Truck to the residents of the Town of Broad Channel NY. Its nice to know that i live in a community where all the residents come together in a time of need for anybody and anywhere. In case you don't believe me this is 2nd Assistant Chief John Korzelius of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department.
Jeanne November 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Where's the "LIKE" button on this page?? ;) Thank you John Korzelius. I recently moved to Tarrytown and am extremely proud of my neighboring town. Helping others is what we should ALL be doing and people from all over the US and Canada have been reaching out to help the areas that are STILL devastated by Sandy. Just because it is not plastered all over the media doesn't mean it is over. Not by any means. Instead of worrying about ornamental snowflakes, I sincerely hope that Mr. Blalock will give some thought to the real meaning of the holidays, which is giving. Especially to those who have less.
DeeplyConcernedabout T-town November 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Just onecorrection, the yellow engine is not the same company as the orange. That does not lessen the generosity & thought fullness of the donation.
wanda November 25, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Chief not bad writting for the class clown. Mr Blalock how does the donation of the Fire truck effect you paying more Taxes ?
Patricia November 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM
What do you base your comment on? It certainly is not facts or research. And Christmas ornaments have nothing to do with this action. You reported that you "now know why a mis-management of funds". You still don't know, do you? You are just spewing half truths.
Krista Madsen (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Right, different companies, sorry if it came off differently.
Krista Madsen (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Thanks John, did you take the trip on Saturday? How did it go?

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