Partner Protects First Responders
Local business will provide for Fire/EMS families in case of emergency
LAUREL, De. – The Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club has partnered with the Laurel Fire Department to provide for the family of a firefighter or EMS personnel who is injured or killed in the line of duty responding to an emergency. The Members Aid Program (MAP) was created by the LFD Chaplains to assist a family with immediate basic needs, such as groceries, prepared meals, child care and gasoline.
Director Brian Daisy said of the partnership, “It’s tough when children are involved and there’s a family emergency. The Laurel Boys & Girls Club is ready, willing and able to help when needed.”
LFD President Bill Hearn said, “The men and women of the Laurel Fire Department are highly trained to stay safe in emergency situations. But things don’t always work out, and having the Laurel Boys & Girls Club as a Members Aid Program Partner is a big reassurance.”
The last Line of Duty Death (LODD) within the Department was in the mid-1990s, with one prior to that in the late-1970s. Perhaps the most publicly recognized LODD in Sussex County was that of Paramedic Stephanie Callaway, when the ambulance in which she was tending to a patient, crashed in 2008.
The Laurel Fire Department consists of about 80 members, the majority of whom are volunteers, who take great pride in protecting the lives and property of the residents of Laurel and the surrounding communities in Delaware and Maryland.