Transportation for Robert Burrow
Here lately, at fires in the middle of the night, one can't help but recognize the absence of familiar site - Robert Burrow's face buried behind the lense of a camera.
We've all been seeing less of him lately and it's simply because he lacks funding to repair his 2005 Dodge Neon. For months now he has been saving to purchase an alternator and a belt.
At 62 years old and facing yet another layoff, Robert retired from his job as a tow motor operator. He is now 66 and struggles with diabetes. His sole income is a social security check. Given the fact that he has not had a car for months, it seems apparent that his minimal expenses exceed his nominal income.
There are many worthy causes to contribute to - so many that are by far more dire than this one. It is for this reason that I hesitate to even ask for funding. I know all of you are already helping others.
It is however, in the generosity firefighters have shown throughout the years in helping their own, that I am motivated to ask. Let's extend a lending hand to our adopted brother and in doing so, demonstrate the appreciation he so duly deserves.
My request is to raise adequate funds to purchase reliable transportation for Robert Burrow so that he may continue to share his hobby with all of us.
Donations for the "Transportation for Robert Burrow Fund" continue to flow in this morning. Resultantly, the site shall remain active throughout the day.
Happy Easter Everyone.
Sincerely, Greg Glauner
Today is the final day of our campaign to provide Robert Burrow with the "gift of mobility". Given the number of followers Robert has on Facebook, the success of this fundraiser probably is not all that surprising.
What is surprising however, is how incredibly generous all of you have been.
Firefighters, Police officers and Medics alike have generously donated. Retirees, our families and our friends have contributed too. What no one of us could accomplish on our own, in togetherness we have succeeded.
Today our occupations have increasingly become more difficult and we are constantly asked to do more. Each time this occurs, as true professionals you have stepped up and got the job done. Our jobs are never without risk and sometimes at great sacrifice. Rhetorically, a very frustrated firefighter (for good reason) once asked "for all we are asked to give, what has the fire department given to us?" To the Safety forces, the answer is obvious. Still at times, it bears repeating: It has given to us our identity - what we do is who we are; honor and pride in our occupation; a rich and purposeful life; and more than all those things together, it has given to us each other. This camaraderie is evidenced today in the commonality of our cause for our friend Robert Burrow.
Chanel 5 news reached out to Robert Burrow and told him they would like to do a follow up on their original story ( https://goo.gl/photos/SdAm5KPTTkbnNrEU6) and be there when Robert takes possession of his car.
The intention initially was to merely provide Robert with reliable transportation. Although the focus was not on a new car, the success of your efforts has put us within reach - we are but a few thousand dollars away. To some a new car may seem extravagant, but if you view the thousands of pictures on his site and take into account the nearly three decades of work that he's generously shared with us, it is certainly reasonable.
This campaign will be extended today until 12:00 pm so that all those procrastinators and those individuals just learning of our cause have an opportunity to show Robert their appreciation.
One last time please network by:
Clicking on the share tab on Facebook and by spreading the word about the go fund me site to all of those that do not have a Facebook account.
With the deepest gratitude and profound respect for all that have made this possible, Thank you.
Sincerely, Greg Glauner
I would like to thank the 200 plus individuals who so generously contributed to the "Transportation for Robert Burrow" Campaign. At the time of this posting we've collectively raised $9,285.00. It is only through your efforts that we are in sight of our $10,000 goal.
506 of you shared the campaign post on Facebook. Others spread the word by posting to websites and through a variety of social media outlets. Thanks to the efforts of one individual, Channel 5 News picked up the story and also helped to spread the word.
To date, the go fund me page has been visited 10,200 times. It's amazing what can be accomplished when like minds work together towards a common cause.
In conclusion of the news clip aired on April 9th at 11:00pm, Robert Burrow said "I Never thought that they liked me that well". The anchor, Mike Brookbank then remarked "Clearly they do".
Robert's words spurred in me a moment of personal reflection. If it was so clear that we liked him, why didn't he know it? I am both humbled and ashamed. I think back of the times I didn't stop and take a moment to express appreciation for his generosity and the good will he spreads.
In looking through Robert's albums, I can clearly see the true spirit of a firefighter and the absolute best in each and every one of us. His work has truly been a cherished gift.
Not everyone has the means to contribute monetarily. We all however, can further the cause by continuing to share the link and spread the word.
This campaign will end on Saturday April 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm. In the event the initial goal is reached early, we will continue to accept contributions. Ultimately, the amount raised will determine the vehicle Robert Burrow will have the ability to purchase.
Once Robert is in possession of his newly purchase vehicle, we will memorialize the event and post the pictures. This time however, someone other than Robert will be taking the pictures. Any volunteers?
Chief Glauner One of my friends shared it and Channel 5 just contacted me wanting to know if someone could speak with them on this. I can forward you the information if you like.
I would like the link for news show- e-mail?
Chief, I had the pleasure of speaking with Robert and his son as they stopped at my lot to look at a few cars. His story is awesome, and I look forward to him getting something and getting back out there no matter where he purchases!
Absolutely will contribute. Have always enjoyed his pics! Great idea Greg!