FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christopher Maeder, Chief
Fairview Fire District
258 Violet Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
On Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, Eugene Parrotta from the Purple Heart Homes, New York Downstate Chapter presented the Fairview Fire District with a plaque and flag. The flag was flown over the United States Capital Building and the South Carolina State Capital. These gifts were in recognition of the members of the Fairview Fire District going above and beyond for a local resident who was a veteran of World War II; a Purple Heart recipient.
Members came into contact with this local resident on an emergency medical services call and determined that the individual was home bound due to his disabilities. It was identified that the installation a ramp to exit in his wheelchair would greatly improve the quality of life for this resident.
Lt. Tim O’Connor of the Fairview Fire District spearheaded trying to assist this individual by returning his independence. O’Connor and other staff, along with the assistance of a number of other members from the community diligently worked and received funding from Purple Heart Homes and The Home Depot to purchase and install a ramp at the resident’s home.
The installation of the ramp allowed this individual to return to some normalcy. This individual was now able to go to doctors’ visits and other events with his new-found freedom. Unfortunately, this member of our nation’s Greatest Generation recently passed.
This is not the first time that members of the Fairview Fire District have installed a ramp onto a resident’s home. The off-duty members of the Fairview Fire District have provided these services countless times in the past. Currently, there are three other ramps still being used by residents daily.
The flag and plaque will be prominently displayed in the public area of the fire station.