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Group donates pet oxygen masks to first aid squad in West Milford - NorthJersey.com

The Highlands Economic Development and Tourism Commission (HEAT) members in West Milford continue to look for projects to benefit the community.

The latest effort is directed to give help to pets that are having breathing difficulties. HEAT members John C. Ringer and Laurie Ringer were inspired to act after reading a newspaper article about oxygen masks for pets.

They read that an individual donated one of the kits available commercially to a first aid squad in Glen Rock. The Ringers are animal lovers who have three rescued pets of their own.

Laurie began contacting local emergency services organizations to see if they would be interested in having pet oxygen mask kits donated to them. With interest shown she then found an online distributer and purchased some of the kits.

"We are supposed to be stewards of the animals –the creatures God gave to us," Laurie commented. "It’s in Proverbs 12:10. A righteous man cares for the need of his animal. We are happy to live in this great community and want to give back wherever we can. Our pets are members of our families, and it is important to have this equipment on the emergency vehicles to help save our animals too."

To date the Ringers have distributed kits to the Macopin Volunteer Fire Company #4, the West Milford First Aid Squad and the Upper Greenwood Ambulance Corps. The couple said kits will also be going to several other fire companies in the Township of West Milford and the Greenwood Lake N.Y. Fire Department.

In the spirit of helping the community the HEAT organization supports the project put forth by the Ringers. For information about HEAT contact the organization president, Tim Wagner, manager of Greenwood Lake Airport.


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