Sunbury Eagles donate $4K to BST&G firemen
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 3614, a.k.a. the Sunbury Eagles, are always ready to lend a helping hand; and when the Eagles found out that BST&G Fire District firefighters needed some commercial grade exercise training equipment at the station they decided to donate $4,000 to pay the tab.
BST&G Chief Jeff Wilson said the department is purchasing a treadmill and a stair master, both units heavy-duty commercial grade, from Barry’s Barbells.
“Firefighters Tim Bunyard and Kyle Stelzer took this on as a project and came to me and sold the idea, then they put the proposal together,” Wilson said. “We’ve had treadmills donated to us before, but they had been used when we got them and they were not commercial rated, so they never held up to the heavy use firefighters gave them. We’re getting a good price on these units because Barry’s Barbells gives Fire Department and EMS discounts.”
Wilson said because the Sunbury Eagles have been great supporters of any need in the community, BST&G is able to bring the much needed exercise and training equipment on board without going into the department’s budget.
Eagles Past Worthy President Gary Tucker said the donation to BST&G is just another example of what the Sunbury Eagles Club is all about.
“We’re people helping people,” Tucker said. “The fire department came to us and asked us to help buy physical training equipment for the firefighters, it was needed, and we’re always ready to do our part for the local community.”
Tucker said because of an Aerie 3614 member’s recent non-fatal heart attack the Eagles bought a portable defibrillator and are partnering with BST&G to hold CPR classes at the Eagles Sunbury facility.
”All of our staff will be fully trained to use the defibrillator,” Tucker said. “And when we get CPR classes set up and running we want to open them up to the community.”
Wilson said BST&G is looking forward to developing additional community outreach projects.
“We have a certified CPR instructor on staff, and we have the CPR training mannequins,” Wilson said. “It’s a great partnership we have with the Sunbury Eagles. We also want to work with them providing other services to the community.”
In addition to helping local fire departments, during recent years the Sunbury Eagles have donated money to the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund, the American Cancer Society, the Big Walnut Education Foundation, Community Library and the Sunbury Police Department.
Also beneficiaries of the Eagles’ generosity have been the Big Walnut High School Girl’s Soccer Boosters, the Big Walnut High School Girls Basketball Boosters, the Big Walnut High School Wrestling Boosters, the Big Walnut High School Cheerleading Boosters, the Big Walnut High School Marching Band Boosters and the Big Walnut/DACC FFA, to name just a few.
Historically, Sunbury has had a fire department dating back to the 1800’s. Galena had its own fire department until 1972. All that adjacent townships could do in a fire emergency was depend on their neighbors for help. In 1952, the Berkshire, Sunbury, Trenton Fire District was formed. When the Village of Galena Fire Department dissolved, Galena came on board.
The BST&G Fire District operates out of a facility located at 350 West Cherry Street, Sunbury. The building contains a garage, day room, equipment storage areas and office space. The department dispatches through Delaware County 911. The BST&G Fire Department’s non-emergency number is 740–965-3841.
BST&G is located on the World Wide Web at < bstgfiredistrict.org >.