West Bay firemen give back

| 08/09/2016
CNS Local Life

West Bay resident Albert Yates holds his new TV with Fire Service members (L-R) Joseph Smith, Arden Rivers, Brian Watler, Sean Mellaneo, Devon Chisholm and Jared Ebanks

(CNS): Members of the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) found an unexpected way to help a member of community. When staff at the West Bay fire station discovered that resident Albert Yates needed a new television, Acting Station Officer Brian Watler said no one thought twice about lending a helping hand.

“Albert walks all the way to our station at least three times a day just to check on us, and he lives more than a mile away,” Watler said. “He is a great guy, a caring guy who deserved this gift.”

Yates is the caretaker of the Scholars Park and Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay. Watler said when Yates told fire station members that his television was broken and he was unable to afford a new one, CIFS staff immediately began to empty their pockets.

“Everyone pulled together what they could and once all of the funds were collected, we were able to get Albert a brand new LG 32-inch HD flat screen television,” he said.

When they gave Yates the television the look on his face was well worth it, Watler added. “Albert really appreciated it. He loves to watch the news and sporting events, so he was extremely happy. He also loves to dance, and when he saw the big TV he just started dancing.

“We aren’t just here to fight fires and save lives. We also like to get involved in the community, and do what we can to help and be there for all members of our community, on and off the job.”

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