The Union County Shrine Club recently made a $9,600 donation to eight Union County fire departments in the form of much needed equipment and supplies specifically designed to aid in the treatment of children. Items included specialized splint devices, pediatric mattresses, water jet burns kits, active aggressor first aid kits and IV warmer/cooler refrigerators. Departments receiving the equipment are Allen Township, Leesburg Township (Magnetic Springs), Jerome Township, Northern Union County (Richwood), Liberty Township (Raymond), Union Township (Milford Center), Pleasant Valley (Plain City) and Marysville. Marysville fireman Mark Ropp worked closely with the Shriners and fire departments to identify and help source the items. Ropp acknowledged the ongoing effort and support of the Shrine Club to help children. According to club member Mark Nelson, the necessary funds were raised locally from Shriner activities, including “Cans For Kids” that features the building at the Union County Fairgrounds where anyone can drop off empty aluminum cans that are then sold to a local recycling facility, an annual pancake breakfast in September, tabloid newspaper sales in June, work by members at various activities including the Union County Fair and Memorial Golf Tournament and the “Tin Lizzy Patrol” that performs at various parades in Union County and central Ohio. Pictured at the presentation are, left to right, Jim Strayton, Marysville battalion chief, Tim Merrick, Marysville firefighter, Michelle Blackburn Sessler, Northern Union County firefighter, Jim Hall, Leesburg Township chief; Union County Shrine Club members, Jim Ulmer, president, Nelson, Dave Cook, Bill Bumgarner, Dave Brinson, and Dave Patterson; Steve Brose, assistant Allen Township chief, Ropp, Marysville battalion chief, Jay Riley, Marysville chief, Mike Schnell, Union Township firefighter and Brian Bemiller, Jerome Township lieutenant.
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