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Fund-raiser for thermal imaging scope moves slowly

December 04, 1996

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Michael A. Bulka wants to give Chambersburg firefighters the ability to see through dense smoke.

But few are willing to give money to buy the $20,000 piece of equipment Bulka first saw demonstrated on a television news magazine.

"I didn't realize how tough it would be," said Bulka, who has raised about $2,000 since September. "It's bummin' me out, but I'm hoping things will get started here after Christmas."

The thermal imaging scope can see people and animals in smoke-filled buildings by detecting body heat.

"It's an amazing thing," he said.

Mercersburg Fire Co. was able to buy one with two large donations.

Bulka said he hopes it doesn't take someone to be killed who might have been saved by the equipment for people to realize the need.

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"This is life or death. This deals with your family," he said.

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