Boot Drive raises $5K for Burn Institute
Recently, Penn Valley firefighters conducted a boot drive at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Lake Wildwood Drive. They were there for five hours and collected some $7,481 dollars for the Firefighter Burn Institute
Earlier this month, the executive director of the Burn Institute Mike Daws and FF/Paramedic Jon Winslow (pictured) exchanged a check for a plaque. The Firefighters Burn Institute is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and was started by firefighters after a tragic event that occurred in 1972 in Sacramento.
An airplane lost control skidded off the runway, across a street and into the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor. Twelve children and 10 adults lost their lives and 28 people were injured. One survivor, only eight years old, lost nine family members, including both parents, two brothers, a sister and two grandparents, and two cousins and one entire family of four died.
I have provided the web site for the burn institute and encourage you to take a few minutes and read more about where and how the funds are used — https://www.ffburn.org.
Seeing the extreme need for comprehensive burn care in the community at a time specialty care such as this was non-existent, firefighters did what they do and stepped in.
That was many years ago and to this day the UC Davis burn unit is going strong and arguably the best burn center in the country. Much of that is possible through the vision and action of firefighters and the FF Burn Institute and all their work.
The firefighters here in Penn Valley have been participating in this annual event going back to the late 1990s and this community has stopped and filled the boots. Thank you to the community for supporting this event and thank you to the firefighters whom participated in this year’s event.
—Don Wagner, Fire Chief
Penn Valley Fire Protection District
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