By Linda Collins
Fairborn Daily Herald
MAD RIVER TOWNSHIP — The Hustead Fire and EMS Departments will be fanning the flames for a good cause from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 as they fire up the grill for their 17th Annual Community Appreciation Hog Roast.
The Hustead Fire and EMS Departments, located at 6215 Springfield-Xenia Road in Hustead, provide firefighting and emergency medical services to both Mad River and Green Townships. Each year, the association members of Hustead EMS / Rescue 95 sponsor the event to honor and thank residents in both townships for their collaborative support, including passing levies that continually fund the local fire and EMS.
Fire and EMS department volunteers will be serving up free pork barbeque dinners with all the fixings, including roasted corn on the cob, green beans, applesauce and ice cream from Young’s Dairy.
“This is a way to thank township residents for helping us out because without their support, we wouldn’t exist,” Hustead EMS Chief Heather Kaufman said.
Fire trucks, ambulances and other equipment will be on display at the annual event, and local kids will have the opportunity to climb on board some of the vehicles. Hustead EMTs and paramedics will be given several demonstrations of the Zoll X Series cardiac monitor/defibrillator and the Zoll AutoPulse automated CPR device.
Both CareFlight and MedFlight helicopters will pay a visit during the afternoon. CareFlight is scheduled to land at 2 p.m. and be on display until 3:30 p.m. and MedFlight is slated to land at 4 p.m. and stay until 5:30 p.m.
Kaufman explained that the fire and EMS departments hold various fundraisers throughout the year to pay for the annual community appreciation event. However, volunteers will be accepting donations from community members who would like to contribute towards the purchase of the Zoll cardiac monitor/defibrillator, and the AutoPulse CPR device.
“This will be the 17 year of this wonderful tradition, and our members are looking forward to it,” Kaufman said. “We are really grateful for the support of township residents whose generosity helps us protect their lives and property.”
The Hustead Fire and EMS Departments also advance public safety through fire prevention, investigation, and education programs. For additional information, call the station.
Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.