Morongo Valley Fire: Highway Heroes
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Morongo Valley Fire Department (MVFD) is the gateway fire and medical response resource located on CA State Highway 62 in San Bernardino County. San Bernardino County is the largest county in the United States. Millions of miles are driven each year on this highway, which is known as one of the most dangerous highways in California. One of the highway's most popular destinations is Joshua Tree National Park. The highway also passes through the world's largest Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, California.
Responding to people in dire medical need where life and death seconds count is handled professionally every day by the dedicated MVFD fire chief and a trained team of 25 firefighters, paramedics, captains, engineers, and reserves.
Unexpectedly, the MVFD's Medic Engine 461, has gone down and is out of commission after 13 years in service on mountainous desert terrain that most cars have trouble traversing. The MVFD's back-up engine 462 is a 1991 model that honestly looks like it should be in a museum.
In an unincorporated rural community of only 3,450 people, Morongo Valley does not have enough financial resources to purchase a critically needed 4 x 4 all terrain fire/medic engine to replace the current engine.
We are reaching out to family and friends far and wide to help raise the $500,000 needed to purchase a new fire/medic engine by Christmas. A donation of any size will help us make this goal. Donations up to $50 will receive a custom signed postcard from our grateful fire department team. Donations up to $100 will receive a thank-you postcard and a Highway Heroes coffee mug. Donations up to $200 will receive the signed postcard, the coffee mug, and a Highway Heroes tee-shirt. Donations greater than $200 will receive the signed post card, the coffee mug, the tee-shirt, and an extra-special animated/singing firefighter plush toy dalmatian.
These thank-you gifts are made possible by donations or discounted prices from several sole proprietorships and corporations: www.JStriker.com of Santa Barbara (coffee mugs), www.Arosha.com of Santa Barbara (tee-shirts), www.ChantillyLane.com of Oxnard (dalmation plush dogs), K & M Enterprises ( www.kmrfd.com) of Morongo Valley, Swarat Signs of Morongo Valley (760.363.7400), and THE BODY DELI of Palm Desert ( www.thebodydeli.com). Additional corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available! All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
Think of it! You can buy a piece of a real fire engine for your child, niece/nephew or grandchild this holiday season and you will ensure that the MVFD can respond to the next person in dire need. We are grateful for your consideration and donation of any amount.
Chief Jock T. Johnson
Morongo Valley Fire Department
We are also excited because with donations generated at this event and those donations being sent into the Community Services District directly, we are up to nearly $15,000 in total funds raised!
We also received a generous proposal from a fire truck manufacturing company to discount the price of a engine/medic vehicle that we need by $100,000! Four other companies also responded due to our national coverage of our plight. Amazing!
We are also eager to hear good news from our county officials who are considering our request.
And...just this week, the Firehouse Subs in Palm Springs has agreed to host a fundraiser in January for us. Stand by for those details!
So, it is a Merry Christmas today in Morongo Valley. We wish everyone heartfelt Seasons Greetings!
- The Highway Heroes Campaign Team
New Donation: David Parker and Margaret Skarin Clark, co-owners of THE BODY DELI in Palm Desert are hosting a Cocktail Party on Thursday, December 18th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the proceeds from sales during these hours will be donated by THE BODY DELI to the MVFD Highway Heroes Campaign. Come out to the event, treat yourself to some wonderful products ( www.thebodydeli.com), and meet some of the Highway Heroes themselves! The store is located at 73560 El Paseo, Suite B in Palm Desert, CA 92260.
Thank you so much, David and Margaret!