Springfield resident Ryan Natow had a birthday gift request: home-made birthday card and a dollar donation to his local fire company in Delaware County. His friends complied and gave him money at a block party for his fifth birthday party. A crew from the fire company attends such block parties. The crew from the Springfield Fire Company arrived at this block party in the Squad, unaware how much Ryan enjoyed their presence. Jason Natow, Ryan’s father, said that the kids enjoy operating the booster line from the apparatus.
Ryan and Jason visited the fire station to hand-deliver the $115 donation. Jason noted that many friends provided $5 to $20. He said they gladly donated more than they anticipated.
The men and women of the Springfield Fire Company were surprised and grateful for the generosity shown to them.
“We are thankful to Ryan for thinking of us at the Springfield Fire Company to financially help us with the services provided to our neighbors,” Battalion Chief Thomas Foran said. “We appreciate his selflessness to give back to the community, especially at such a young age.”