A Real Christmas Story With a Bunch of Real Santas
THE ALPHA FIRE COMPANY OF LITTLESTOWN in Adams County, Pennsylvania, showed what the "giving" spirit is, and how a caring bunch of firefighters are willing to go the extra mile for their neighbors. This Christmas Story was prepared for us by Steve Roth of 911Photography in Adams County. His photo crew was on the scene of the house fire that triggered the following goodwill activity:
Operation "Alpha Claus"
by Steve Roth
On Thursday December 20, Alpha Fire Company and surrounding companies were alerted for a working house with possible entrapment at 620 Littlestown Road in Union Township. Crews arrived on-scene within minutes to find heavy fire conditions with no one inside the residence.
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Crews made an aggressive interior attack and were able to contain the fire to the sun room and kitchen with little extension to the rest of the house. Unfortunately, the entire house suffered significant heat, smoke, and water damage causing a total loss of contents.
Realizing that a family had lost everything they had and it was only less than a week to Christmas, Alpha Fire Company stepped up to the plate as the community rallied around this family during their time of need. Alpha became a drop off point for local donations for the family. Company members and local residents soon began filling the halls of Alpha Fire Company with numerous donations including toys, clothing, furniture, and other household items. Members were developing plans to ensure the family received the donations when the idea of a "Santa Run" was recommended. With approval of the parents, it was devised that Santa and Alpha Fire Company would deliver toys and other presents to the children on Christmas Eve.
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During the fire one of the family pets, a cat, was lost to the fire. The family planned to give their 6 year old daughter a new kitten from Santa. However, a change of plans from the family would soon have firefighters delivering that kitten and numerous toys as "Santa's Ambassadors". The family felt it was important that the firefighters who helped save the family's home be the ones who make the special delivery to their children. They wanted the children to personally meet and thank the firefighters for what they did last week for their family.
Members gathered Sunday evening to wrap numerous toys, stuffed animals, and other items to be given to the family. On Christmas Eve at 1800 hours Alpha Fire Company members arrived at the grandparents' house in full force. Rescue 20 was loaded up full of wrapped gifts to be delivered. Company members were able to fulfill the holiday season by bringing a little extra joy and happiness to help the family that had lost everything just 4 days ago.
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To see the smiles on the children's faces as they added a little extra touch to their lives was worth every minute. We can only hope that as the family continues to recover from this tragedy, they can take comfort knowing that the members of Alpha Fire Company and the community are behind them along the way. This "Santa Run" is just another example of how Alpha Fire Company goes the extra mile to support their community in time of need when the alarm bells are not ringing. A big thank you to each and every member who took time out of their busy holiday schedule the last two days to make this wonderful evening happen.
"And a Merry Christmas to all …. and to all a good night"
A great bunch of Santas
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