CARBON COUNTY, PA—What started out as a friend helping a friend has quickly expanded to a massive disaster relief effort by residents and businesses of Carbon County, Pennsylvania, to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the borough of Sea Bright, New Jersey.
Organizer of the effort, Kevin Steber, sales engineer for KME in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, is on a mission. He says he simply could not sit back and do nothing. Steber responded to the many personal texts and posts on Facebook by his friend, Sea Bright Fire Chief, Charles (Chad) Murphy saying, “I can no longer sit here and watch all this devastation in New Jersey! I became good friends with the Fire Chief in Sea Bright, Chad, when they bought their KME fire truck earlier this year and they have lost everything in their borough including their fire station. This was one of the hardest hit areas of New Jersey. Enough is enough!”
Using the social media site, Steber created the page CARBON COUNTY HELPS SEA BRIGHT, NJ. Within minutes he managed to rally hundreds of volunteers, including the Summit Hill (PA) Fire Department, to assist in the disaster relief effort by donating food, clothing and much needed supplies.
The donations rolled in exponentially creating another unexpected challenge and that was how to transport and deliver the supplies to the people of Sea Bright. Fox Transportation of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, and the KME/Kovatch Organization jumped on board immediately. As a result, the people of Sea Bright, New Jersey, can expect a convoy to roll in to the rescue tomorrow morning.
In addition to donating a tractor to haul a 53-foot trailer donated by Fox, KME’s service department will be providing mobile service to perform preventative maintenance not only for Sea Bright, but also for any fire department within the area.
John Kovatch IV, KME director of customer service explains, “When a vehicle is working in water for extended periods of time, water tends to get into the axle housings, transmissions and engines. We plan to do fluid and filter changes as well as any pump repairs so they do not fail while they continue to protect and aid their communities in this time of disaster.”
He added that they are ready to provide service for any make and model of emergency vehicle for those nearby who are able to come to the service area location. The oil, filters and service are all being donated.
Murphy has advised KME that at the time of this release, already 20 trucks are lined up to go. The convoy is scheduled to deploy at 7 AM on November 10 from the KME headquarters in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania, and will include the 53-foot trailer filled with food, clothing and supplies, two KME service trucks, an additional tractor/trailer donated by Kovatch Motorsports that will carry extra service supplies and equipment, several vans, and a bus filled with volunteers from Carbon County, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania State Police will escort it to the New Jersey state line where it will be met by Sea Bright Borough and Fire Department officials. The final destination is the Little Silver Fire Department on
Prospect Ave. in Little Silver, New Jersey, where the Carbon County Convoy is expected to arrive and set up their service area by midmorning.
For more information, visit www.kovatch.com.
Carbon County Helps Sea Bright, NJ on FaceBook at: http://www.facebook.com/events/164281397047312/