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B'ville Firefighters grateful to Rescue Mission

When Baldwinsville firefighters were building their new fire station last year, the Rescue Mission allowed contractors to tap into its nearby Thrifty Shopper store's electricity, saving thousands of dollars and keeping the project moving forward.

Firefighters and two contractors involved in the $1.45 million project recently showed their gratitude by giving a total of $4,500 to the Rescue Mission, which serves the homeless, hungry and hurting.

"If it wasn't for the Rescue Mission, it would have made our jobs much more difficult," Tom Perkins of Baldwinsville, vice president of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company, told Rescue Mission representatives before presenting the fire department's check for $1,500. "You are good neighbors."

Also giving $1,500 each to the Rescue Mission were Fred Greenfield of East Syracuse, project manager and sales consultant for Morton Builders of Homer, and Bob Caryl of Marcellus, manager of Caryl Electric Co. Inc. of Baldwinsville.

Perkins, who has been associated with the fire company for 45 years, praised the Rescue Mission's partnership, noting that the difficulty in getting temporary electric service looked to delay the fire station project and add more than $5,000 in unexpected costs.

The Rescue Mission made its 7905 Crego Road store's electricity available from July 2008 until the station was completed this past January.

Baldwinsville's new fire station, located at 7911 Crego Road, was dedicated March 22. At 10,000 square feet, it is four times larger than the former station in use since 1969. The volunteer company, formed in 1942, has 65 active firefighters.

Standing in front of the Rescue Mission Thrifty Shopper store in Baldwinsville are (from left) Fred Greenfield of East Syracuse, project manager and sales consultant for Morton Builders of Homer; Jennifer Greenwood of Liverpool, Thrifty Shopper manager; Jim Hoch of Syracuse, Rescue Mission donor relations; Bob Caryl of Marcellus, manager of Caryl Electric Co. Inc. of Baldwinsville; and Tom Perkins of Baldwinsville, vice president of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company.

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