Local Charities Make ‘Life Saving’ Donation To Falconer First Responders

Image via Rich Bianco / Facebook.

FALCONER – Three Chautauqua County based charities made a monetary donation Saturday to help keep life saving services in the Village of Falconer.

Exceptional Stars Athletics teamed up with AJ Strong and Rosie’s Run to donate $1,200 to the Falconer Volunteer Fire Department.

The donation was made part of a virtual Polar Plunge rising money for the Rosie’s Run Foundation.

The rules were simple: get cold, be safe and don’t forget to film it. With the help of Falconer first responders, that’s exactly what ESA organizer Rich Bianco and company did.

Image via Jamie Billquist / Facebook.

After braving fire hose water in what felt like single digital temperatures the groups made their donation; a surprise to the department.

“Our organizations got wind that you guys needed an IO gun, I don’t know all of the logistics, but that you were going to lose the certification as an advanced life support system, and possibly lose the ability to run the ambulance, and we are not going to let that happen,” said Bianco. “We want to make sure that you have what you need to do the job that you do for our community.”

The tool, known as Itraosseous Infusion gun or IO gun, provides a non-collapsible entry point into the body’s systemic venous system. The technique is used to provide fluids and medication when intravenous access is not available or not feasible.

To learn more about or donate to the “Brrr-tual Polar Plunge” visit their GoFundMe page.


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