and Old Lyme's Emergency Management Directors, Lee Watkins
(left) and Dave Roberge (right) are leading the relief effort
...Lee Watkins, Emergency Management Director of Lyme, and Dave Roberge, Old Lyme Fire Marshal, continue to spearhead the relief effort through Phase II, after their very successful leadership on Phase I. In December, the towns delivered a completely refurbished fire engine, new toys for over 200 children, and $20,000 in gift cards and cash to the area.
In addition to the items on the needs list, Watkins
is soliciting donations of fire fighting and emergency equipment from fire departments across the state.He
showed slides of the destruction caused by Hurricane Rita to representatives of the New London County Fire Departments
at a Feb. 1 meeting in Chesterfield, walking away with commitments for more than 20 sets of bunker gear (firemen's outfits) and over a thousand feet of fire hose.
A selection of the items on the Needs List is pictured here
Local businesses are pitching in as well.
By the end of March, Watkins
and Roberge hope to have enough donations to pack the trailer end to end before it sets out on its 1600 mile trip to Louisiana.
The trailer will be carrying an important message of solidarity from the Lyme-Old Lyme community to Cameron Parish
, along with its blankets, trash bags and toothbrushes.