Partner Protects First Responders
Local business will provide for Fire/EMS families in case of emergency
LAUREL, De. – Laurel Dutch Inn 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.
General Manager Salima Arsoan said of the partnership, “We hope the Laurel Fire Department never needs us, but we thought it was a good idea to have dinners ready for those who help us so much, just in case.”
LFD President Bill Hearn said, “The members of the Laurel Fire Department have saved a number of lives and an incalculable amount of property selflessly. It’s good to have Laurel Dutch Inn as a partner to care for our member if we need them.”
LFD personnel are highly trained for safety, but the emergency scene can still be largely unpredictable. 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.