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Madawaska firefighters offer winter ‘SOS’ to seniors

MADAWASKA, Maine — Members of Madawaska’s volunteer fire department will be trading in axes and fire hoses for snow shovels this winter as part of a new “Shovel Out Seniors,” or SOS, program.

Inspired by Madawaska Police Department’s “Salt Buckets for Seniors,” Fire Chief Jim Soucy and his firefighters decided to add the shoveling program as part of the department’s community outreach efforts.

With this winter’s snowfall already accumulating upward of two feet, the SOS program should be a welcome helping hand for many seniors. Having firefighters clear walkways not only will enable these seniors to more easily get out and about in the winter months, but also make sure emergency responders are able to get into the house if needed.

Soucy hopes to kick off the program this coming Saturday, joining forces with the police department’s salf bucket effort.

“We work well together,” Soucy said Monday.

For more information about the SOS program or to sign up, interested seniors may contact the Madawaska FD at 728-7716 or the PD at 728-6357.

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