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Holiday heroes

Junior Explorer Post members ‘get involved’ at blood drive

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm Members of the Warren County Junior Fire & EMS Explorer Post 0911 greeted potential blood donors during Monday’s Holiday Heroes Blood Drive held at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church in Warren. From left are Post Member Haiden Ristau, Assistant Chief Hunter Seelinger and Lt. Alex Huffman.

Members of the Warren County Junior Fire & EMS Explorer Post 0911 admitted they were content to greet people and supply them with paperwork on Monday… As opposed to using the skills they practice on a regular basis.

Haiden Ristau, Hunter Seelinger and Alex Huffman greeted potential donors during Monday’s Holiday Heroes Blood Drive held at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church in Warren.

The young men are members of the only Junior Post in the area, according to Huffman.

“Anyone age 14 to 21 can join,” he said. “We do fire and EMS (Emergency Medical Service) training and we host drills.”

Huffman is the post’s lieutenant and a junior volunteer firefighter with North Warren Volunteer Fire Department. Huffman, Ristau, and Seelinger all said they are following in the footsteps of family members involved in fire services.

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm One local resident was among the first to donate blood on Monday at the Holiday Heroes Blood Drive held at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church in Warren.

Huffman’s inspiration is the actual fire chief.

“He convinced me to get involved,” he said. “He’s a good friend.”

In addition to training and drills, members serve the community through other activities such as Monday’s blood drive, scout camp, and they take part in an eighth-grade career day.

The junior post is a co-ed organization that serves, educates and trains juniors on fire fighting and emergency services. The group’s mission is to raise awareness about the need of volunteer firefighters

in the community.

For more information about the junior post, contact Savannah Zimmerman at (814) 688-3102 or email szimmerman@wccbi.org.

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