Story by Lourice Angie
Editor’s note: The following story and photos has been published online and in the Sept. 28 issue of The Dispatch with the consent from the family of Christopher Foust. The staff of the Warwick Valley Dispatch sends their sincerest heartfelt sympathies to the entire family.
Former Volunteer Warwick Firefighter Christopher Foust was seriously injured with co-worker, Frank Buono, on Fri., Feb. 12 while working at Oprandy’s Fire & Safety Equipment in Middletown.
Reports revealed that Christopher was filling a fire extinguisher with air when the tank ruptured causing severe injuries to both men. Christopher’s injuries resulted in a double amputation of his legs. He spent weeks in the hospital undergoing several procedures and working on a long road of recovery and rehabilitation. Shorty after the accident, the Christopher Foust Recovery fund was created to help him and his family with the hardships they were left to face. Within the last seven months over $7,000 has been raised. The family is extremely grateful.
Warwick Community Comes Together
On Thurs., Sept. 22 the Warwick Drive-In Theatre hosted a car show fundraiser in honor of Christopher. The event titled, “Take a Step Back In Time,” exhibited classic cars from the 50s and 60s and featured the original movie Grease.
Family and friends of Foust’s gathered with people from throughout the community as well as with the staff of the Warwick Drive-In and local Service members to show their support and to help raise funds. Members of the Warwick Fire Department Engine Co. #3 provided food. The Warwick Police Department contributed 15 cases of water and over 700 cans of Pepsi sodas. Members of the Pine Island Fire Dept. participated and sold raffle tickets for a chance to win a Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
Steve Pennings, owner of Pennings Farm Market, offered currant and butternut saison samples, on tap from the Pennings Cidery. There was also a tricky tray table courtesy of many merchants of Warwick who contributed baskets and goods to the fundraiser. The evening also included music entertainment by DJ Corey Anderson of Spencer Daniels Agency.
The weather was warm, sunny and beautiful. There was a tremendous feeling of love and support from everyone who attended the event.
In a sorrowful and tragic turn of events The Dispatch regrets to inform readers that Christopher, 36, died unexpectedly on Fri., Sept. 23. A statement from the Foust family reads: “On behalf of the Foust Family, we would like to thank the wonderful people of the Town of Warwick for the love and the support in which you have shown to Chris and our family. Especially, the last seven months since Chris’ accident. Sadly, not all stories have a happy ending, but we are thankful for having the love and support shown.”
Visitation will be held on Wed., Sept. 28 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Lazear-Smith and Vander Plaat Memorial Home, located at 17 Oakland Ave. in Warwick. Funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m. followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to a trust to be established for his daughter, Dalila, c/o Mr. and Mrs. Randy Foust, Sr., 4 Kings Ct., Warwick, NY 10990.
Reporter’s Note: As I noticed Chris and his adorable daughter, Dalila, sitting together in a golf cart talking to one another. I had the pleasure of speaking to the both of them. She told me her name was Dalila spelled “Da” and not “De.” I told her it made her even more special and unique. When I asked what his thoughts were about the event he shared these words: “It’s great that they did this for me, I feel very special. I’m hoping for a great night,” he then looked around at everyone and said, “It’s great to see a lot of familiar faces.”