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Ben & Jerry’s Raises More Than $1,800 for Canton’s Volunteer Firefighters, EMTs

April 13, 2016 Business, Community, Fire No Comments
Blaire Telford receiving treatment in the ambulance from Sophia Gibbs, 3, and her mother Alyssa. Contributed Photo

Blaire Telford receiving treatment in the ambulance from Sophia Gibbs, 3, and her mother Alyssa.
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Only Ben & Jerry’s premium ice cream could bring out crowds of people on a rainy and windy noontime. And, the people continued to queue up, as the day progressed and the sun came out, for Tuesday’s 11th annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day to benefit the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department.

Eight hours and 5,000 free cones and cups scooped later, Free Cone Day had raised $1,810.64 for Canton’s volunteer firefighters, EMTs and Fire Police. This brings the grand total of donations to the Department, from Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Days – 2005 to 2016 – to nearly $22,000.

From Noon until 8 p.m., Free Cone Day attendees enjoyed tours of: Canton’s Ladder 2, with the American flag raised 100 feet into the air; Engine 4 and the Ambulance. Many of the younger patrons, and some older ones too, enjoyed the company of fire celebrity, Sparky the Dog. Assistant Fire Chief, Wayne Goeben was also pleased to report that an individual who attended the event is applying to join the Department.

Department Chief Craig Robbins said, “As always, 100 percent of these donations will be applied toward the purchase of new equipment and/or tools for our volunteer firefighters and EMTs, or to recruitment of new individuals and retention of our current members. We thank our community partners, Phil and Brandi Killoran of Ben & Jerry’s and all those who donated, for their continued generosity and support of our work.”

Anyone interested in joining the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department can visit www.cantonfireandems.org, or drop by the Collinsville or Canton firehouses Monday evenings during the Department’s weekly practice drill at 7 p.m.

Firefighter Stephanie Lawler with Sheridan Samele, 4. Contributed Photo

Firefighter Stephanie Lawler with Sheridan Samele, 4.
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Jullian Orlando, 2, with Sparky the Fire Dog. Contributed Photo

Jullian Orlando, 2, with Sparky the Fire Dog.
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Cameron, 8, and Charlotte, 6, Peltz at Free Cone Day. Submitted Photo

Cameron, 8, and Charlotte, 6, Peltz at Free Cone Day.
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