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Fall Fundraiser Turns Autumn Colors Green - GFD - 10/07/2007


Fall Fundraiser Turns Autumn Colors Green

GOSHEN - In what has become the major fundraiser for the Goshen Firefighters' Association, members of the Goshen Fire Department showed up in force throughout the day to take their turn working the 'voluntary' toll both.  In what is typically referred to as a boot drive, department staff collect funds from anyone willing to stop.  In return for their donation, passers by receive their choice of a Goshen Fire Department key chain, trash bag, pen or lollipops.  The fundraiser is held each year on the Sunday of the long Columbus Day holiday and coincides with the antique engine show staged just down the street on the front lawn of the Town Offices.

In this photo above, which was taken from the back of 56 Brush 1, Chief Sue Labrie and Deputy Chief Kim Dresser admire one of the many antique automobiles that wind their way through the Hilltowns during the weekend. 

Fire Police Officer Frank Burnett extends his hat to the passenger of this motorcycle on their way east towards the center of town.  Flags which are put up by the firefighters for every holiday between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day can be seen in the background.

In addition to collecting funds, Deputy Chief Rick Clark (left) and department Chief Sue Labrie (right) take a moment to extend greetings to one of the many people who offered financial help.

One advantage of standing is the street all day is being able to see classic cars like this one pass by throughout the day.

Alyssa Labrie, daughter of Chief Sue Labrie and Lt. Bob Labrie, does her best to mimic the expression of the Goshen Fire Dog (GFD) that's emblazoned on the back fender of 56 Brush 1.

Can you say traffic jam?  While there were times when traffic became heavy in both directions, Firefighters did their best to keep the collections and cars moving steadily.

(Sunday, October 7, 2007)