Firefighter stands in scissor lift to raise coat donations

JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A cold morning didn't stop the Jerome Fire Department from continuing to accept new coats or cash donations.

KMVT Ricardo Coronado/Firefighter Dave Lassel fought the cold all for a good cause Tuesday at the Jerome Idaho Central Credit Union branch.

"My youngest son came to me not that long ago, and was talking about a child out in the playground that didn't have a coat and he was concern about it and that kind of raise my awareness," said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Harrison.

Both Idaho Central Credit Union and Jerome Fire Department partnered up for the first time to raise 200 coats for children who don’t have them.

They started to accept donations on Friday and Tuesday they wanted to do a little something special.

"We got a firefighter on a scissor lift and he's not coming down until we raise 200 coats," Harrison said.

Starting at 7 a.m., firefighter Dave Lassel fought the cold all for a good cause.

“I know that with the community we live we’re so involved together and just with the money we raise already in the last couple hours I think we're going to go over that," said ICCU Business Development Officer Saul Vega.

Harrison witnessed a caring community.

“We actually had one parent showed up that gave us some money and her children gave up one her Christmas presents today just so another kids can have a coat, so it's very special,” he said.

They plan to hand out the coats on Saturday just in time for the celebration of Christmas in Jerome.

"We plan on purchasing the coats as soon as possible,” Vega said. “Once we are done with the drive and we reach our goal we’re going to purchase those coats to give them away on Dec. 9, this weekend."

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