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Red Cross Helping Five People After Monroe, Bristol Fires

We are glad to provide canteen service to sustain emergency responders.

HARTFORD, CONN., DECEMBER 8, 2013 – The American Red Cross is helping five adults in three families after weekend fires in Monroe and Bristol.

In Monroe, the Red Cross responded to a fire on Sunday on Osborne Lane. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food and clothing needs to four adults in two families. The Red Cross provided food and beverages to first responders at the scene of the fire.

Red Cross volunteers Mike Vincelli, Dina Battaglia and Michael Burke responded to assist the families and provide the canteen service to emergency responders.

“Red Cross canteen service helps emergency responders at lengthy or difficult responses by providing beverages and snacks to keep them hydrated, warm and energized,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman.

“We are glad to provide this service to first responders who put their lives on the line to help others,” Shipman said.

In Bristol, the Red Cross is providing one adult with help for emergency housing, food and clothing needs after a fire Sunday afternoon on Lincoln Avenue.

Red Cross volunteers Ed Wadowski and Stuart Safft responded to help the displaced resident.

The Red Cross is also providing to all the displaced residents comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a family might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. 

American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.