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November 16, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 16, 2013

Saranac scholarships

TO THE EDITOR: Saranac Volunteer Fire Department awarded three $400 scholarships from the Barb and Fran Perry Scholarship Fund to 2013 graduating seniors. 

Three young people were recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom, sports and the community: Adrian Carter, Megan Plumadore and Benjamin Strack.

The Scholarship Fund was instituted in 2009 at the request of Fire Chief Don Uhler in memory of Francis Perry, a long-time department member and elected fire commissioner.

Last year, Fran’s wife, Barb, also passed away, and the fund was renamed the Barb and Fran Perry Scholarship Fund. Barb was a long-time, active EMT and mentor to many of the present EMTs.

Barb and Fran Perry both served the community for many years, leaving behind family members dedicated to following in their footsteps for the public good. Their sons, Joe and Billy, and daughter Genevieve are all members of the department. Daughters Blanche and daughters-in-law Missy and Dawn, as well as Genevieve, all serve the department as auxiliary members. Granddaughter Brittany is an active EMT with the department, grandson Jeremy is a member, and nephew Todd is a member and commissioner.

Fran’s and Barb’s involvement and support will be felt for a long time in the Saranac Volunteer Fire Department. Their legacy is a daily part of our continuing service.

Money for the scholarships comes from the proceeds of a spaghetti supper and Chinese auction put on early each year by the members. Donnie cooks the spaghetti sauce, as he helped Fran do for years, for department benefits, using Fran’s recipe. Just about all the members participate to make the dinner a success.

The sincere, ongoing support of the people of Saranac is what allows Fire Department members to improve, expand, and broaden the scope of our service.

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