Story by Lon Tytell
Representatives from eight different Town of Warwick Girl Scout Troops treated first responders and their families to a baked ziti and meatball dinner at St. Peter Lutheran Church on Fri., Jan. 6.
Former Girl Scout Victoria Garloch organized the event. She assigned different tasks which included cooking, serving the food and drinks and greeting the attendees with “thank you” cards prepared by the Girl Scouts.
Garloch invited the first responders and auxiliary groups in the Town of Warwick. Victoria’s mom, Carrie, is the service unit manager for most of the Town of Warwick Girl Scout Troops.
“The Warwick Girl Scouts held this ‘thank you’ dinner to meet our local community heroes,” said Carrie Garloch.
Jacqueline Ludmerer, a member of Girl Scout Troop 567 added, “Today is the day we dedicate our time to show gratitude to those who dedicate their time to keep us safe in our community.”
Brianna Dougherty, 16, a member of the Warwick Excelsior Hose #1 Fire Department was happy she attended the dinner. Dougherty joined the fire department last April. Although she finds it challenging at times, she says she enjoys it and is up to the challenge.
“Anything a man can do, a woman can do also,” said Dougherty. “The main reason I joined is to give back to my community. I came tonight because I appreciate what the Girl Scouts are doing for us. By them seeing me tonight, I hope to inspire one of them to follow in my footsteps.”
Ryan Blaikner, the First Assistant Chief of the Pine Island Fire Department, summed up the importance of the event.
“Being a volunteer firefighter is important to me because I feel I can help my community in times of need. Many, many great people volunteer their time in the Fire and EMS service. These are people who think of others before they think of themselves,” said Blaikner.
He continued, “Tonight we are here to represent the Pine Island Fire Department and would like to thank the Girl Scouts and their families for putting on this wonderful meal. Their time and effort means so much to us. They have gone above and beyond to do this for the first responders and we are thankful for what they have done for us.”