The Kalida Volunteer Fire Department recently received a special gift from a sister New York Fire Department, (FDNY) Station 72 in the Bronx – a first responder Protective Fire Suit that was worn on 9/11. Bob Unverferth, a thirty-year Kalida fireman explained how the connection with the Bronx Engine 72 was initiated, because Kalida also has an Engine 72. By way of conversation with a fellow FDNY fireman named Jon -Paul Aubry, they learned that they had designed and were selling t-shirts with the emblem of the NYFD and ‘Bronx Engine 72’ on the back. Many of the Kalida Firemen were wearing the distinctive blue t-shirts during the Pioneer Days festivities. Like the FDNY, Kalida has a long heritage of fire fighters and first responders, with several families there having second, third and fourth generations committed to their community.
The FDNY Protective Fire Suit has been on display in the front window of Uptown Interior Designs during Kalida’s Pioneer Days, and will also be a part of the 9/11 float during Sunday’s parade. Another special touch for the parade float Sunday will be a display of steel that was recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York, which is also intended to honor the first responders, police and firemen who lost their lives on that fateful day 15 years ago. You can visit their web site at 911Steel.com for additional details.
The 9/11 display in the front window of Uptown Interior Design also includes a unique American flag from repurposed wood provided by local designer Shelly Horstman. The 3’ X 5’ flag features an oak trim border and hand cut stars. The red, white and blue coloring was developed using food coloring. It is a special, one of a kind design being offered for purchase at just $495, and orders for additional ones are being accepted. Shelly can be contacted via their Facebook page for Country Barn Creations, which also showcases some of their unique architectural and decorative pieces for your home. Uptown Interior Design is owned by local interior designer Sandy Westrick, who is well known in Kalida for her in-home and office consultations. You can find her Facebook page for Uptown Interior Designs for additional details – her store is a treasure of items and ideas well worth your visit, including a display of aromatherapy products offered by Sarah Bellman, owner of Holistic Rebel. Sarah is a Qualified Aromatherapist and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org of www.holisticrebel.com .