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BARNEVELD — Believe 271 has a new mechanism for Oneida and Herkimer county volunteer firefighter and ladies auxiliary members who require financial support while battling life threatening illnesses.
A special fund has been established through Believe 271 to assist members. Barneveld Chief Brian Healey and Captain Brian Palmer, co-founders of Believe 271, released their funding application on May 1.
“We are excited to be able to financially assist firefighters to help keep their minds off medical bills or grocery money and keep it focused on their families and winning their battles,” Palmer said.
Funding for Believe 271 was accomplished through donations and fund-raising.
“We have been very fortunate by the amount of support that the fire service has shown us,” Healey said. “Truly there is nothing stronger than the brotherhood of the fire service.”
Believe 271 was founded in February for the purpose of raising funds to support ill firefighters and ladies auxiliary members. The name is based on Oneida County Fire Coordinator car 271 Brian McQueen. McQueen was battling B-cell Lymphoma that required treatment in New York City. The original fund-raiser of firefighter helmet stickers was established to help support McQueen’s travel costs, but he turned down the funding in hopes Believe 271 would grow to assist many other firefighters.
For more information regarding Believe 271’s efforts, go to www.facebook.com/Believe271 or call Healey at 525-1646.