Fire dept. gift card distribution a ‘wonderful tribute’ to veterans



Over the holidays, the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department made its seventh annual presentation of gift cards to the Berlin Veterans Commission for distribution to local veterans — and to the widows of veterans — in need.

In December, fire department members Al Pipkin, Joe LaVallee Sr., Mat Sturgeon, Tom Bryers and department photographer John Dumin presented the veterans commission with $10,000 in $100 gift cards.

A press release from the Berlin Veterans Commission states, this “wonderful tribute” serves to “Honor, Remember, and Thank” Berlin veterans. “All the money given by the firefighters stays in town … Recipients are chosen by the Veterans Commission, who learn about veterans and their widows in need, often from others because the person in trouble is too proud to ask for help.

“It is an unbelievable experience to be able to present these cards to our veterans and to let them know that their service to our country, along with their sacrifices, will never be forgotten.”

The Berlin Volunteer Fire Department also sent a $1,000 donation to the Woody Williams Foundation, CT Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, which is being contructed at Veterans Memorial Park in Berlin.



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