Mrs. DeRosa and her husband, Jack, met with member representatives of the North Hunterdon Fire Alliance and Clinton Rescue Squad at Annandale’s Fire Station #1 on Tuesday evening to hand out the kits.
Lynda DeRosa started “Jaci & BigBoy’s Hands Helping Paws” in memory of her niece Jaci and her pet dog BigBoy. She stated “Everyone I have met along this journey has been absolutely wonderful. I feel very blessed to be able to bless others who selflessly give their service to all of us in our community and at the same time honor my niece Jaci and dog BigBoy as well.”
Mrs. DeRosa is hoping to make this an annual or even semiannual event as she believes all first responders should be well-equipped to take care of the residents pets in the event tragedy strikes.
Each kit contains 3 specially designed oxygen masks (small, medium, and large) that fit over the snout of an animal to allow for the flow of life saving oxygen.
The agencies that received the kits were: Clinton Fire Department (Station 45), Annandale Hose Company (Station 46), Lebanon Boro Fire Department (Station 18), Quakertown Fire Company (Station 91) and their EMS Division (Rescue 91), High Bridge Fire Department (Station 14), and the Clinton First Aid and Rescue Squad (Rescue 45).
By: Richard Maxwell, Correspondent
1st Responder Network