The Shelburn Police Reserve Association Corp. and the Shelburn
Fire/Rescue Inc. came together to create Sullivan County's first ever
wellness and education center for first responders recently.
The two organizations have created the Shelburn First Responders’
Wellness and Education Center. The center was designed and created
specifically for first responders and their immediate families.
Matthew Price, Shelburn Town Marshal and president of the Shelburn
Reserve Association, approached Alex Norris, fire chief of Shelburn
Fire/Rescue, with an idea to promote and encourage healthier first
responders within our county.
The Wellness and Education Center will provide first responders and
their families with a much-needed fitness and education center. The
center will educate and encourage them on how to become both
physically and mentally fit for their families and the communities in
which they support and protect. The center will be provided to the
first responders at no cost to them.
"So, it's a place they can get physically fit," Price said. "There
will also be a ton of literature, we talk about everything we encompass
in our jobs. Anywhere from work stress management, PTSDs, suicide
prevention programs, how to eat better, how to live better. If we can
take better care of ourselves, we can take better care of our
"This is 100% free to our first responders and their families … it
costs them absolutely nothing. We're a 501c3 non-profit organization."
The center will have its grand opening at 11 a.m. on Friday. The
public are encouraged to attend and show its support for the first
responders. A ribbon cutting ceremony by the Sullivan County Chamber
of Commerce will be followed by an open house.
The Wellness Center is located at 17 N. Railroad St. in Shelburn,
directly between the Shelburn Volunteer Fire Department and the Town
of Shelburn water office buildings.
The center’s creation was made possible by donations and the
unwavering support of local businesses and community leaders.
"We want to thank all of our supporters and local community leaders
for their continued support and efforts to make the center a reality,"
a news release stated.
Interested persons are encouraged to visit the website
www.spdreserveassociation.org to continue showing support through
donations and encouragement as well as view their current supporters.