AMVETS gets help to provide shelter

If the need is there, Sugar Grove AMVETS Post 50 will be ready as a community shelter.

Cummins Inc. donated a new generator to the Sugar Grove AMVETS Post 50 on Friday that will allow the facility on Stoney Run Road to operate as a community shelter.

“We really appreciate this, it’s just a wonderful thing that Cummins was able to do,” AMVETS past National and State Commander and Current Post Commander Gary Fry said. “Should something unfortunate happen in the community we’d be able to help out.”

Fry said Post 50 in Sugar Grove offered to the Red Cross to act as a community shelter and met the criteria, but the facility was in dire need of a better back-up power system. The generator was an older, manually operated diesel model.

“It wasn’t in the best shape,” Fry said.

Fry credited AMVETS Post officer and former Cummins employee John Danderwark and current Cummins employee Denny Roberg for looking into the situation and obtaining a employee sponsor from Cummins for the new generator. Letters from the Warren County Commissioners and State Rep. Kathy Rapp endorsed their request and the project recently came together.

Northwest Service Co. in Warren met with representatives from Cummins and helped install the generator on site.

“We have a great appreciation for Northwest Service in Warren,” Fry said. “They walked us through the whole thing. They were real good to us and we can’ t thank them enough.”

The new generator can run everything the post has, Fry said, and even will turn on and test itself.

“It’s just a real nice gesture from a veterans and community-oriented company,” Fry said. “In this day of not very good news all the time it’s nice to have some good news.”