David's Drive 831 2017
 
By Assistant Fire Chief Adam Grossman
May 29, 2017
 

On Memorial Day 2017, the Westwood Fire Company participated in the 8th Annual David's Drive convoy to the Coatesville VA Medical Center. Since its inception in 2010, David's Drive has accumulated over $500,000 in donations for the Veterans of the Coatesville VA Medical Center.

David's Drive 831 is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) public charity committed to improving the quality of life for hospitalized and homeless veterans and people in need in the community. David's Drive 831 (DD831) was created in memory of David Turner Jr. who died suddenly at the age of 20 of a suspected heart arrhythmia. David had worked at the Coatesville VA Medical Center and had a tremendous respect for the veterans he served; many were homeless, in early recovery and came to the hospital without essentials. David had a vision to provide these veterans with these items.

The Westwood and Modena Fire Companies annually lead the convoy from East Fallowfield Park, through Coatesville and ends at the Medical Center on Blackhorse Hill. Also assisting were numerous volunteers and riders from the community. The volunteers delivered an estimated $60,000 worth of socks, underwear and t-shirts.

Some photographs courtesy of social media.

 
Units: Rescue 44, Engine 44-5, Ambulance 44-1
 
Engine 44-5 in line up at East Fallowfield Park on Buck Run Road.
Engine 44-5 in line up at East Fallowfield Park on Buck Run Road.
Rescue 44
Rescue 44
 
Ambulance 44-1
Ambulance 44-1
Modena Fire Company
Modena Fire Company
 
Starting the route down Buck Run Road towards Lincoln Highway.
Starting the route down Buck Run Road towards Lincoln Highway.
The convoy through Coatesville City.
The convoy through Coatesville City.
 
Ascending Black Horse Hill to the Veterans Affairs Complex.
Ascending Black Horse Hill to the Veterans Affairs Complex.
Modena Chief Dowlin and Chief McWilliams
Modena Chief Dowlin and Chief McWilliams
 
Unloading the donated goods.
Unloading the donated goods.
 
Today firefighters and community members honored our veterans, in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.
Today firefighters and community members honored our veterans, in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.
Westwood personnel that helped with the event.
Westwood personnel that helped with the event.