Offer too good to resist

March 31, 2012

Not everyone was slow to respond last December after a Herald-Mailheadline screamed the news: “Fire company flush with cash and willing to share if asked.”

Jack Coffelt, president of South Hagerstown Fire Co., made the offer as a way of maybe helping other local fire companies.

And so, he thought his telephone would soon be buzzing with calls from government and fire leaders.

As it turned out, none of them called.

That’s not to say that no one did.

Coffelt said his phone did ring just after 8 a.m. the day after the story ran.

“It was a nice lady — from the Easter Seals,” he said, sounding somewhat chagrined.

“She asked me for the money that I’d said in the paper we were willing to give. But I told her, any money we give would be to help a fire company,” Coffelt said.

“I told her, ‘If you’re expecting any money, thousands of dollars, the answer is, no.’”


— Arnold S. Platou

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