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Friday, December 6, 2013

Dale Jones Fire Fund

News Release
Volunteer Firefighters Provide Mutual Aid for One of Their Own
If you have ever passed by the scene of a vehicle accident or a structure fire, you’ve probably noticed fire equipment and firefighters from more than one company working together.  It’s a concept known as “mutual aid.”  That same approach is being used to help an area volunteer fire fighter who suffered a devastating loss earlier this year.
During the early morning hours of May 14th, the home of Dale Jones, a 35 year veteran of the Fairfield Township Volunteer Fire Company, was destroyed by fire.  According to Fire Chief Kevin Stiffler, “It’s one of life’s sad ironies that a person who has spent his entire life helping others in need, now finds himself the victim of a personal disaster and in need of help.”
Members his fire company together with family and friends are pulling together to help him get back on his feet. That effort has been joined by members of several surrounding volunteer fire companies.  A project to renovate the home of a family member to accommodate Dale is already being sketched out. Volunteer firefighters with skills in a wide variety of building trades will be donating their time and expertise to this effort, but funds will still be needed for building materials, furnishings and supplies. A project budget of $35,000 has been developed.
A special fund has been created at the Ligonier office of Somerset Trust Company to handle the money.  Several local civic organizations have conducted special events as fund raisers for the cause, and many residents of Fairfield Township have responded with donations.  Approximately 20 percent of the estimated budget has been raised so far. 
“The initial response to our fund raising appeal has been heartwarming, but we still have a way to go, said Fire Chief Kevin Stiffler.  “We need to bring this project to the attention of more people in our region, beyond our own township.” 
Project organizers hope that once area residents learn about this project, they will respond with the necessary financial support during this holiday season.  If you would like to help, donations can be sent to the "Dale Jones Fire Fund" at Somerset Trust Company, 228 West Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658.  Thank you.
Contact person: Kevin Stiffler, Fire Chief or 814-241-9408