Shelburn promoting healthier, stronger first responders throughout the county

The Shelburn First Responders’ Wellness and Education Center, above,

was designed and created specifically for first responders and their

immediate families throughout Sullivan County. The building, shown

above, is located at 17 N. Railroad St. in Shelburn. A grand opening

ceremony with ribbon cutting by the Sullivan County Chamber of

Commerce will be followed by an open house starting at 11 a.m. Friday.

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

communities.

"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.

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