ERIE, Colo. — A Colorado fire department with a personal connection to Ukraine is putting together medical supplies and gear to send to the war-torn country.
An employee in Mountain View Fire Rescue's finance department, Yana Clopton, is from Ukraine. She said the war has been hard for her, and she decided to do something to help.
"I was very depressed," she said. "I was crying a lot, but then at some point I was thinking that that's enough. I have to put myself together and have to act and try to help people in Ukraine."
Captain Ed Seibert said he enlisted the help of other fire departments through the Colorado Professional Firefighters Network, asking for donations of gear including fans, extrication equipment, bunker gear, boots, helmets, gloves and EMS supplies, all of which will be going to the front lines.
"I'm very excited to be doing this project because it's helping people in another country, across the ocean. It also is helping one of our own here."
The items will be shipped to Ukraine on April 15.
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