Firemen Give The Gift Of Warmth Through Operation Warm

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The Logan Fire Department recently launched a new program to help children in need stay warm during the cold winter temperatures. Their efforts resulted in 65 coats being distributed to children of Hocking County.

The Logan Professional Firefighters Local 3868 partnered with Operation Warm to raise funds throughout the year to purchase the coats.

“This is just one way that we can give back to our community,” commented president of Logan Professional Firefighters Local 3868, Chris Maley. “Making sure that these kids are warm is part of keeping them safe and as fire fighters our job is to keep them safe.”
Distribution for the coats began Wednesday at Central Elementary School, and several school-aged children throughout the district also received coats.

Lisa Van Horn, Central Elementary Principal, said it was nice the fire personnel fitted each child for the coats.“They made a positive effort for the kids to help keep them happy and healthy,” acknowledged Van Horn.

Jason Ferryman, vice president of Logan Professional Firefighters Local 3868, spearhead the efforts. “This is our first year for it and is something we will try to do each year,” said Ferryman.

The goal for this first-year project was to raise enough money to purchase 50 coats. Ferryman said that goal was exceeded thanks to the generosity of community members who donated and supported fundraising efforts to provide warm coats for kids.

There are extra coats available in various sizes and colors, according to Ferryman. Those in need should contact the Logan Fire Department, 740-385-3955.

According to Maley, firefighters from Logan and other firefighters from across Ohio joined Operation Warm this year to provide American-made winter coats to needy children in their neighborhoods.

“As firefighters, we are witnesses to the devastating hardships faced by our fellow community members,” stated Ferryman. This was an opportunity for the firefighters to raise awareness and support the community members in need, according to Ferryman.