Record Observer

Year-end donation supports KIVFD’S heavy rescue unit

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CHESTER — Mary Ewing, probably best known for opening Holly’s Restaurant in 1955, would have turned 100 this year. To celebrate her memory and honor that milestone, her daughter Holly Baker, son- in law Wheeler Baker, grandson Mitchell Andrew and his wife Tami decided to make a yearend donation to the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department.

“My grandmothe­r was a big fan of the fire department,” said Mitchell Andrew. According to Wheeler Baker, the fire department was called upon to care for Mary and “their response time was outstandin­g.”

Wheeler and Holly Baker have been long- time supporters of the fire department. Not only were they committee members of the Capital Campaign to build the station on Kent Island, but, when Wheeler was a county commission­er, he was instrument­al in the formation of the county paramedic program. Mitchell and Tami Andrew, Love Point Deli owners, have also been very generous and supportive during the Capital Campaign and beyond.

“Community members like the Bakers and the Andrews are crucial to our volunteer station’s ability to survive,” said KIVFD President Jody Schulz.

“We are thankful that over the years they have given so generously in many different ways.”

Their generosity at this time will be used to add much needed equipment to the department’s new Heavy Rescue Unit.

A Heavy Rescue Unit is designed to transport and provide the specialize­d equipment necessary for technical rescue. That specialize­d equipment can be costly. Most people have heard of a Hurst tool ( The Jaws of Life), which is a hydraulic tool used to extricate victims that have become trapped in a piece of machinery or involved in an accident. The Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department’s Rescue not only has a new Hurst tool, but it also has a small pump and water tank for minimal firefighti­ng capabiliti­es. There is also an assortment of equipment used to stabilize vehicles and buildings, such as airbags, a portable winch and stabilizat­ion struts.

A portable generator is also on board so the responders can supply electric at a scene if needed. Each rescue situation presents a different challenge, so the equipment and personnel must be ready for any possibilit­y.

If you are interested in making a year- end donation to the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department,

please visit www. kivfd. org or mail your donation to 1610 Main Street in Chester. Donations are tax deductible.

The Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department is also always looking for new volunteers.

If you are interested,

please contact the station by calling 410- 643- 5454, or email info@ kivfd. org.

 ?? KIVFD ?? Mitchell Andrew (left) and Wheeler Baker (right) present a year end donation to Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department President, Jody Schulz.
KIVFD Mitchell Andrew (left) and Wheeler Baker (right) present a year end donation to Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department President, Jody Schulz.
 ?? KIVFD ?? Jody Schulz (center) discusses the equipment on the new 2020 Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Rescue with Mitchell Andrew (left) and Wheeler Baker (right).
KIVFD Jody Schulz (center) discusses the equipment on the new 2020 Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Rescue with Mitchell Andrew (left) and Wheeler Baker (right).

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