Help get these firefighters off the roof


Jim Burnetter, Meaghan Nichols and Shane Zesewitz bundled up, lugged blankets, sleeping bags, chairs and tarps to the roof for what could be a long night.

— Firefighters from Midway Station 1 at 1956 Central Ave. in Colonie climbed to the firehouse roof around noon on Friday, Dec. 2, and will stay there until $5,000 is raised or 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

The firehouse has raised money to buy gifts and necessity items for needy families in the fire district for the past two years and “Help Get Our Heroes Off the Roof” is a fundraiser the firehouse threw together last minute this year when it realized there were more families in need than initially anticipated, said Chief Robert Sammons. Sammons said the firehouse is planning to load Santa on to a fire truck and deliver the holiday items around Dec. 17.

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