Deputy Sheriffs donate to van for veterans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Orleans County Deputy Sheriff’s Association presented a $1,000 check today to the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council to help the group buy a van to transport veterans to medical appointments.

Erin Fuller, left, is president of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. The group raises money with fundraisers and through contributions from its 23 members.

Fuller is standing with, from left: Paul Fulcomer, chairman of the Veterans Council; Lt. Chris Bourke; and Sgt. Dean Covis, treasurer of the Deputy Sheriff’s.

“We decided it was a worthy cause,” said Fuller, who served in the Marine Corps.

The Veterans Council has six vans that it uses to take veterans to medical appointments. Three of the vans have more than 100,000 miles. The group is pictured in front of a recently acquired van with about 23,000 miles. Fulcomer is hopeful more donations will come in to replace one of the older vans.

“What better way to help the veterans who have served our country,” Bourke said.

The Veterans Council acquires and owns the vans, and the VA pays for the gas and maintenance. The service is free to veterans.