Members of the South Brownsville Fire Company from Fayette County, Pa., Arrived in Princeton last Saturday with three trucks of supplies donated by their community.
South Brownsville Chief Ron Barry said he “Googled the path of the tornado, read the names of the towns and saw Princeton. I called by chance and Chief (Brent) Francis answered. I” said ‘how can we help.’ “
Barry and his fellow volunteer firefighters weren’t the only ones in Pennsylvania thinking about the people of western Kentucky. Mike Duritsky, owner of Mike’s Auto Repair and Sales in Masontown, Pa. (Also located in Fayette County), wanted to help the people of Princeton who were suffering from tornado damage.
Duritsky was joined by volunteers affiliated with his company – Todd Detrick, Gregory Ritchey and Michelle Ritchey – to transport two flatbed trailers full of donations that included everything from canned goods, toiletries, toys and water. to dog and cat food.
Barry arrived with the South Brownsville Fire Company’s first supplies and volunteer truck which included Captain / Treasurer Lew Hosler, Junior Firefighter Braden Barry, 14, and Volunteer Firefighters Kayla Wingard and Don Thomas.
They were greeted by Francis and firefighters Brandon Stalion, Chris Pool, Richard Byard, Billy Crider, Austin Cooper, Joey McCaslin, Kota Young and volunteers Stacey Menser, Cliff Southard and Adi Sullenger.
The two fire companies worked quickly to unload supplies and exchanged t-shirts and hats with each department’s logo on it.
Barry and Hosler spent time visiting Adi Sullenger, the daughter of David Sullenger, a member of Princeton Fire and Rescue and director of Princeton Public Works. The Sullenger family home suffered extensive damage during the tornado.
In addition to the supplies, support and fellowship, Pennsylvania volunteers also contributed over $ 5,500 in monetary donations from members of their community with the supplies delivered. The donation will be placed in the Caldwell County GoFundMe account, overseen by the Princeton / Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce.