FALCONER - The Falconer Fire Department's Junior Firefighter Explorer Crew 0140 will be hosting its first annual "A Run to Remember," a 5K fun walk/run for Alzheimer's on June 29.
The Falconer Juniors have partnered with the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York to hold this event for awareness and to raise funds for research. This race is in honor of two long-time Falconer Fire Department members living with Alzheimer's, Richard DeBell and Jeff Anderson, as well as other fire department families who have been touched by this disease. DeBell joined the Falconer Fire Department in 1953 and Anderson in 1979.
"They are two of our lifelong members that have been in for many years," said Katie Delahoy, chairperson of the Junior Firefighter Explorer Crew and organizer of A Run To Remember. "... So, this year they came and asked us if they could have an event to support the community, and this is what they came up with."
From top left: Terrell Colburn, Garrett Yager, Ean Webster, Mary Dallas, Jolinn Delahoy and Katie Delahoy.
Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in America, and since 2000, death has risen 68 percent. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia which affects memory and behavior.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., packets may be picked up beginning at 9:15 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. Information and registration can be found at falconerfire.org. The Falconer Business Association has provided the T-shirts for the 5K. Area service organizations are also supporting this event.
The Junior Explorer Post is a part of the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life Fire Service Exploring program and offers an opportunity for the youth ages 14 to 18 to experience the duties and responsibilities of a volunteer firefighter and EMT. This program provides a positive outlet and exposure to a possible career path or opportunity to volunteer in the community. Currently there are 12 young people in the program and there are five firefighter advisers. The Juniors meet weekly for training. They participate in community events such as parades and the annual village-wide cleanup day. The group assists in the fire hall with the equipment and they attend the annual Explorer Weekend at the NYS Fire Academy where they receive extensive training in fire service and EMS with young people from across the state.
A basket raffle will be held the day of the race in the fire hall at 115 Davis St., Falconer. Donations for the basket raffle are welcome. They may be dropped off at the Village of Falconer Clerk's office in the Community Building at 101 W. Main St., Falconer, or call Sandy Ahlgren, raffle coordinator, at 763-9245 for more information.
Everyone in the community is invited to participate in the basket raffle; the public is encouraged to stop down to the Falconer Fire Hall stop show support for Alzheimer's research and awareness and to the Junior Explorer Post Firefighters.