Fundraiser for Schoharie County first responders

October 12, 2018 09:25 AM

Funeral arrangements are being made for the 20 people killed in the Schoharie limousine crash on Saturday. A vigil was held Wednesday to honor the victims.

This comes the same day the limo company's operator was charged with criminally negligent homicide.
Rubbin Butts and Serious Brewery in Howe's Cave partnered to raise money for the first responders who worked at the scene. The owners of the establishments will always have something in common.


"My dad was a first responder in Clifton Park a lot of years ago and he would relay stories to one or some of the calls he was at," said Bill Felter, of Serious Brewery.

"I can't imagine what they're going through. I was at a few when I was a volunteer fireman. Nothing like this. What I saw was bad enough but, I can't imagine what they're going through," said David Ward of Rubbin Butts BBQ.

In addition to Ward volunteering with the fire department, both he and Felter have dads that were first responders. They say that bond gives them a different kind of understanding for those who helped with the accident in Schoharie on Saturday.

"They're all people just like you and I. They're volunteering to do this to help you. They can't get enough support," said Ward.

They say knowing what those at the accident witnessed prompted them to donate a portion of their sales on Thursday to Schoharie County first responders.

Word of the fundraiser spread quickly online and patrons came from all over to donate.

"We're very happy to be here and support first responders. They do a lot of work," said Joanne Cocozzoli of Pattersonville.

The men say they hope it will make a difference to emergency crews coping now.

"A donation or two may not seem like a lot but it's something we can do to try to help them," said Felter.

"I think it's awesome. It says that we support them, they support us," said Cocozzoli.

Ward and Felter say support is the best thing this community can offer at this moment.

"They may never tell you what they saw. When they do, listen so that it will help them cope with it" said Felter.


Brooke Selby

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