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1 OA WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016 Around our area SIDNEY HERALD " ' BILL VANDER WEELE ] SIDNEY HERALD Foundation for Community Care executive director Gina Heckey presents at $30,000 donation to Sidney Fire Department representatives Rob Gilbert, left, and Larry Chrlstensen. The photo teakS)lace at the new.fl hall location. Fire department receives donation for gear BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD After a process lasting about four years, the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department has raised the more than the $200,000 needed to purchase new personal protec- tion equipment for the department. On Monday, the Foundation for Com- munity Care presented a $30,000 check for the project. Fire department officials thank the Foundation for Community Care for its donation as well as several oil companies and other businesses for making contri- butions. Fire Chief Larry Christensen said the department has been setting aside money in its personal protection equipment fund for the new gear during the last four years. During that time, money raised at the annual firemen's breakfast also went into the fund. Fire Marshal Rob Gilbert said the new coats and pants have already arrived. Training will take place this week for the self-contained breathing apparatus. Gilbert said the bunker or turnout gear has a lifespan of about 10 years. The self-contained breathing apparatus lasts about 10-15 years. Birth R Larysa La-Rochelle FLiCk Larysa La,Rochelle Fick..was born on Maternal grandparents are James and Sept. 271 2016, to Angel ick, Sidney, . ........ battraKe!l Sidne Larysa weighed 7 pounds, 13.8 ounces. Larysa joins sisters Erika ahd Kylie. ram teq BY QUINN SCHWARTZ SIDNEY HERALD 'Most of the time the Dear Hero, thank you for kids don't understand all that you have done for us. Thank you for keeping the sacrifices these us safe and how you have helped us so very much, people make.' and how you fight for us. Thank you for caring. I hope that you are doing Jenny Baker very well thank you very Thir rade teacher much and I hope that you enjoy this letter. Your friend, Victoria. members and first re- spenders while giving All kids love heroes. The every day citizens a way larger-than-life characters to express their apprecia- flying from skyscraper to tion for the sacrifices these skyscraper, their shiny people make. suits gleaming in the According to Operation sunlight as they swoop Gratitude's official web- down from above to deliver site, the operation sends a knockout blow to the evil more than 200,000 individ- super villain, saving the uany addressed care pack- city from eminent doom. ages to deployed soldiers, A lot of kids probably the children they leave at have their posters on their home, first responders, wall. Some might even veterans, and Wounded He- have dressed up as them roes and their caregivers. for halloween. Operation Gratitude has It's easy to spot a hero in sent more than 1.6 million the movies, but thanks to care packages since it was a group of first and third created in 2003. grade teachers at West While Operation Grati- Side Elementary School, tude serves a wide range Sidney students are get- of American heroes, ting an education on what West Side Elementary a true hero really is. has focused its efforts on Jenny Baker is a third deployed U.S. troops. grade teacher at West Side "Most of the time the Elementary School, and kids don't understand the the leader of the schools sacrifices these people involvement in the Opera- make," Baker said. "They tion Gratitude project, miss holidays, they miss Operation Gratitude is birthdays -- this project an initiative that seeks has helped to tell the to put a smile on the face students how big of a of United States military sacrifice our soldiers are making for people they don't even know." Teachers and students are collecting toiletries, socks, shaving cream, note- books, pens and anything that our troops need, but may not be easily acces- sible. The West Side team hopes to accumulate at least five boxes worth of goods. Baker doesn't expect all the kids to be able to donate goods, but each student will at least be able to write a soldier a person- alized letter. "The cards are much more special to the sol- diers," Baker said. "They think it's great to see that people appreciate them, and sometimes they even write back." The students are free to do to whatever they want with the cards so that each one is original and from the heart. But West Side's Opera- tion Gratitude Project is more than just an in- school assignment. The kids are taking the project home with them and learn- ing about how the military has had an impact on their friends and family in the past. "It's causing a dialogue with the parents," Baker said. "The kids are com- ing to school talking about family friends and rela- tives they have that are, or were, in the military. It's cool to see their minds spinning." NIEHENKE 312 N Central Ave Sidney, MT 59270 LEB: WELDIN 501 N Interstate Ave Fairview, MT 59221 Place your orde with at FES Cu bertso or Scheduled Deliveries will be every & at 1:30 p.m. Serving you since 1964 For all of your new and used equipment needs, contact one of our experienced Sales Professionals Today! 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