To The Editor:
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to the many fire departments, individuals, corporations, and financial institutions who have donated to the fundraising effort to build the new live-burn fire training simulator at our West Potsdam Training Center.
To date, we have raised over two-thirds of our fund raising goal of $450,000. We were able to construct the foundation for the simulator last summer through a two-thirds funding grant with the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency Community Development and Environmental Improvement Fund, and are currently working on a grant for constructing a one-story live burn room annex.
We are keeping an accurate listing of all our contributors, posting them on our web page. We want to take this opportunity to recognize those who have donated. You might see a neighbor, friend or family member who has given in support of their local fire department so they may be better trained to respond to a fire emergency in their home or yours. We have not reached our goal and still need your financial support. We ask that you consider a donation now to get us to completion. You may do so by using our web page at www.firetrainingcenter.org or send a contribution to Dan Basford, Treasurer, P.O. Box 391, Heuvelton, N.Y., 13665-0391.
Here is a partial list of contributors to date: Earl J. Santimaw Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1143 Ladies Auxiliary, Massena; Lawrenceville Fire Department; Leo and Katherine Curro, Canton; Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department, Lisbon; Madrid Fire Department; Margaret Weitzmann, Potsdam; Marguerite and Richard Mooers, Potsdam; Marjorie Burns, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Marshall and Pauline Smith, Norwood; Martha McNulty, Norwood; Mary and Michael Grove, Potsdam; Mary Theisen, Potsdam; Massena Permanent Fire Fighters; Massena Volunteer Fire Department, Massena; McGrann Paper Corp., Charlotte, N.C.; Melvin and Sandra Tomalty, Potsdam; Mosers Custom Trim and Upholstery, Massena; Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Graves, Massena; Mr. and Mrs. John Larnay, Massena; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Moore, Potsdam; Avis Ragan, Canton; Marian Facteau, Massena; Beverly Avadikian, Potsdam; Holly Neverette, Massena; Mary Colby, Massena; Ruth Carrington, Potsdam; Nancy J. Agati, Massena; Nicholville Fire Co.; Norfolk Fire Department Field Day Donations; Norfolk Firemens Auxilliary; Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department; North Country Savings Bank, Canton; Norwood Volunteer Fire Department; Pat Collins Real Estate, Canton; Paula Youmell, Hannawa Falls; Percy and Ruth Delosh, Massena; Pierrepont Ladies Auxilary; Potsdam Fire Department Career Drivers; Potsdam Fire Department, Potsdam; Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc., Potsdam; Raymond Belanger, Massena; Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club Inc., New York Chapter 35, Potsdam.
Dale W. Gardner