On May 25 – Memorial Day – Governor Ned Lamont, Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo, and CT State Representative Stephen Meskers, joined the volunteer firefighters of Greenwich as they delivered meals for the doctors, nurses, and staff of Greenwich Hospital in appreciation for their efforts since COVID-19 reached Greenwich. It was the first day of what is to be a full week of food deliveries to the Hospital by the volunteer fire companies in Greenwich.
The program was spurred by an initial food delivery by the Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company to the Hospital in early-April. The donation was well-received and the members of Round Hill set out to expand the program to include all of the Greenwich volunteer fire companies, including Amogerone Volunteer Fire Company, Banksville Independent Fire Company, Byram Volunteer Fire Department, Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Company, Glenville Volunteer Fire Company, Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company, and Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
To further extend the program to include the entire community, Round Hill’s District Chief collected funds from each of the volunteer fire companies and placed orders with five delis throughout Greenwich. The participating delis are Corbo’s Catering, Firehouse Deli, Garden Catering, Nick’s Deli, and Rinaldi’s Deli.
Each day, from Monday, May 25 through Saturday, June 1, the participating delis will deliver meals to the Hospital.
Project lead and Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company District Chief Rick Strain said “It was important to us to include all the volunteer fire companies in this program and then also support the five delis throughout town. We are all in this together.” Strain was assisted by Round Hill Vice President David Chass in coordinating the program.
First Selectman Fred Camillo echoed Strain’s comments, saying “Greenwich is extraordinarily fortunate to have more than 100 volunteer firefighters who donate their time and put themselves in harm’s way to serve the Greenwich community. To see them working together to step up to support the doctors, nurses, and staff of Greenwich Hospital is both impressive and inspiring. We should all be thankful for their collective efforts that make our town the great place that it is.”
“At Greenwich Hospital, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community during this unprecedented time,” said Norman G. Roth, President and CEO. “The volunteer firefighters of Greenwich have really helped to support our staff with food and other donations. We extend our deepest gratitude to them and to all involved.”
Leading the program from each of the volunteer companies are District Chiefs Rich Neuman (Amogerone Volunteer Fire Company), Al Farquhar (Banksville Independent Fire Company, Dave Walko (Byram Volunteer Fire Department), Gary Wilson (Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Company), Mike Hoha (Glenville Volunteer Fire Company), Rick Strain (Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company), and Joe Gianfrancesco (Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department). https://www.greenwichsentinel.com/2020/05/27/volunteer-firefighters-deliver-meals-to-greenwich-hospital-staff/