Teen Helps Area Fire Department with Donation

By Sharon Gaeta , Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 07/23 2014 07:28PM

Updated 07/23 2014 07:42PM

Drums, Luzerne County- 13-year-old Logan Buglio is now one step closer to achieving his junior black belt.
One of the requirements for the soon to be eighth grader was a community service project.
 He chose buying water rescue equipment for the Valley Regional Fire and Rescue in Drums.

"My goal was six hundred dollars and that was the price of the bag and with generous donations we raised about 15 hundred dollars and that allowed us to buy two other pieces of equipment."

Logan knows first hand what people go through loosing a loved one.  He grew up helping out at his family-owned funeral homes.
For him, it was a way he could help families who lost someone in a drowning incident.

"Working at my family's funeral homes that would make a little grieving easier for the people affected by drowning."

Logan knew his goal was a big one, so he used his local newspaper, Standard Speaker.

"A letter to the editor telling people about my project and my black belt test and that I was looking for donations. And we also did local soliciting to local business"

Community support was so great, Logan was able to purchase a body recovery system , a line launch kit and a floatation collar for a rescue stretcher.
Something the volunteer fire department couldn't afford to buy.

" It makes a recovery a lot safer for us and a lot more dignified" said Paramedic Coordinator, Jim sharp at Valley Regional Fire and Rescue, says having this new equipment is a great asset.

 Sharp added "It was awesome the project that he did and I wish more people would do it and I hope he does have more interest in becoming a volunteer because its becoming a dying breed"

Logan also made a monetary donation to the Ryan Township Rescue Squad serving Barnesville.

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