- A volunteer team that backs up emergency responders hoped someone would donate a generator for their new mobile canteen trailer. They just never expected that donation to come in so soon.
Salvation Army Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) area coordinator Paul Clay fired up his new Generac generator Thursday afternoon.
Barbara Ann Just from Boulder Junction heard about Clay's need after Newswatch 12 ran a story on SATERN receiving the canteen trailer donation. Just called to offer enough money to buy the generator that night.
"Our whole town, these little towns are all made up of such great volunteers and that's what makes living up north here so great," Just said. "My mother was a volunteer, I guess it just is in all our blood."
The mobile canteen offers food, beverage, and radio support for emergency crews when they need to be on scene for long periods of time. Clay says with this donation, the trailer should be up and running by spring.
"I was very happy to hear from her and she's been very generous," Clay said of Just. "Because of her we have this beautiful new generator that we're going to be using before we know it here."
The 7,500-watt generator can easily power everything in the trailer. It will respond to scenes across the Northwoods and Upper Peninsula.
Clay says he's still hoping to add more radio equipment in the coming weeks.