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Area Red Cross volunteers to help in Florida

August 16, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - While the much-anticipated storms did not come to Washington County this weekend, two Washington County rescue volunteers are headed to storm-damaged Florida.

On Friday, Cindy Blackstock Kline, emergency services director for the Washington County Chapter of American Red Cross, placed all the chapter's volunteers on alert as they braced for Tropical Storm Charley.

While the storm missed the area, the local Red Cross chapter still wanted to help and it will, she said.

She was called on Sunday and asked to have the chapter send to Florida its newly acquired emergency response vehicle, she said.

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This morning, chapter volunteers Richard Humbert and Tony Pirrone, both of Hagerstown, are scheduled to take the vehicle to Florida for a three-week commitment, she said.

"We like the fact Washington County was left untouched, but it is nice to know we have people in place who can help support the relief effort elsewhere," Kline said.

One of the best parts of the vehicle, valued at $65,000, is that it can provide "mobile feeding," meaning it can provide hot or cold food to 400 to 500 people in a storm-damaged area, she said.

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