Local Teen Donates Blankets to Fire and Police Departments

by | Nov 20, 2013

Seventeen year old Aidan Foley-Foster of Auburn recently paid a visit to both the Auburn Police Department and the Auburn Fire Rescue Department to deliver blankets just in time for the cold weather. The Auburn High School senior who hopes to attend Westfield State College in the fall is in the final stages of completing his Eagle Scout project. Aidan spent much of the summer conducting a bottle and can drive to raise the funds needed for the blankets.

Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. of the Auburn Fire Rescue Department said the blankets are coming at the perfect time with the cold weather upon us. A total of twenty two blankets were purchased and divided evenly between the Police and Fire Rescue Department. The blankets will be stored in police cruisers, fire trucks and the Ambulances to ensure those patients, or other people struck by disaster are kept warm during emergencies in inclement weather. As part of the project, Aiden has also arranged for the blankets to be professionally cleaned by Dooley’s Cleaners on Auburn Street free of charge.

Captain Eric Otterson who serves as the Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for the Fire Rescue Department and who is also an Eagle Scout said that these types of projects that young people take on that have a direct impact on people’s lives are the most rewarding. “We tend to see people when they are at their worst. Handing someone something as simple as a blanket is big deal for someone who may have nothing” Otterson said.

Aidan will be submitting all of the completed paperwork for his Eagle Scout at the end of this month and hopes to be awarded the prestigious designation next year.