PIQUA – The Troy Elks Club 833 continued their long-standing tradition of helping others with a donation to resupply equipment in four Pediatric Emergency Care Bags belonging to the Piqua Fire Department.
Elks members presented a check in the amount of $1,103.00 to Piqua Fire Department members at the Piqua Fire House on Tuesday evening. Accepting the check on behalf of the fire department was Firefighter Brandon Lavy, who spearheaded the effort in determining what equipment in the bags was in need of replacement and working with Elks representatives.
Piqua Assistant Fire Chief Lee Adams explained that, while area hospitals routinely replace drug bags and supplies that are used in patient treatment, items that are used for treatment and have a shelf life must be periodically replaced. Those items do not fall into a category of hospital-replaced items.
Among the items with limited shelf-life are IV supplies and airway items.
“We have been very grateful” said Chief Brent Pohlschneider of the generous donations made over the years by the Elks Club.
Pohlschneider said that the Elks have come through with donations of many types over the past ten-plus years.
The donations were originally the idea of then-Elks member Doug Snyder, who has since passed away. Current Elks members have kept Snyder’s dreams of helping the Piqua Fire Department alive with a number of donations over the years, including cold-weather survival suits for cold water and ice rescue, rescue/crash axes, protective gloves for rescue work, dive knives for the dive team, and more.
“It is an honor to be able to help you guys out,” said Gordon Vance, Exalted Ruler of Troy Elks 833.
The supplies are already in place and ready for use to help children in distress, wherever needed.