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Monday, July 21, 2014

BNIA Fire Chief and Habitat for Humanity

In early July, Ed McDonald, Chief of the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Unit at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, as part of his involvement with Habitat for Humanity traveled with his team of 17 volunteers to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to build homes for victims effected by the recent tornados that have destroyed the area. 

Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is an international service organization that sends volunteers all over the world to help build homes for individuals who are in need. The services this organization provides are vital for people who have been devastated by natural disasters, and volunteers often cite work with the group as a life changing experience.

In only nine days, Chief McDonald and his team were able to help finish a house (pictured above) for an Iraq war veteran who served two tours and started framing a new house for another family.  Chief McDonald has spent two years as the coordinator of his group and was able to raise $19,000 to facilitate this effort to Tuscaloosa.  As a 30-year military engineering veteran himself, Chief McDonald said, "It is great that I can translate my skills into something positive and give back to a community in need.  It is truly an inspirational and rewarding experience." He is looking forward to heading back to Alabama in the near future and welcomes anyone interested in joining him and his team.