One of the largest challenges of small towns across America is providing First Responder services for their citizens. Fire services. EMT. Rescue Squads. These are expensive endeavors that small villages struggle to afford.
Unlike large cities or suburbs, Sharon Springs simply doesn’t have a tax base large enough to pay for fire engines and staff. So we depend on volunteers and fundraisers to keep us safe. If (God forbid) either the farm or mercantile ever caught fire, we would literal call on volunteer neighbors to battle the blaze. Likewise for any health emergencies.
This year, Garth Roberts, (co-owner of the American Hotel and husband of Mayor Doug,) conceived of an organized 4 mile run/walk to raise money for Sharon Springs First Responders. As a marathon runner himself, Garth has been active in raising money for First Responders following last year’s Boston tragedy.
Check out our photos of this exciting event, which raised over $3000 to keep our village safe. It’s yet another great example of how the people of Sharon Spring work together to help out their neighbors. If you’re a frequent visitor to Sharon Springs, and you’d like to help Sharon Springs purchase some firefighting equipment, the Fire Department would welcome your contribution. Checks can be made payable to the Sharon Springs Fire Department, and mailed c/o The American Hotel, 192 Main Street, Sharon Springs, NY 13459