Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

First Reponse Team Gets City Key

Written By: Joe Melillo

Last week at this time, Tad Agoglia and his team were in Florida, helping people clean up after Tropical Storm Debby, by Saturday they were moving debris in Elmira.

First Reponse Team Gets City Key
 

July 31, 2012

Elmira (WENY) - Last week at this time, Tad Agoglia and his team were in Florida, helping people clean up after Tropical Storm Debby, by Saturday they were moving debris in Elmira. Mayor Sue Skidmore wanted to show her appreciation, so she presented "First Response Team America" with a key to the city. They're just three guys; a small operation, but they can do a lot of good with the toys they bring with them. First response team of America is a non-profit organization that's been helping American cities and towns hit by disasters. They come in with equipment capable of handling the work load, and in Elmira they needed the grapple truck.

     Founder Tad Agoglia says the biggest issue here in the southern tier is how big the trees are.

     “One is you don't usually see tornadoes in this part of the country and second thing that I noticed that was very interesting about this community is the trees are huge.”

     “Our trucks are having a hard time keeping up with it because they load our truck and then we have to haul it to a site and then come back,” says City Manager John Burin. “It's just constant and sometimes we run out of trucks because we're moving so fast.”

     Part of the reason the team moves so fast is they get help from Lowes employees across the country. Employees who are part of “Lowe's Hero Program” were out helping Agoglia all weekend.

     “Come back and visit us when we're all cleaned up because it's a great place for vacation there’s a lot of great things in this community and we're so glad you're here,” says Elmira City Mayor Sue Skidmore.

      The mayor presented the crew with the key to the city as a small token of appreciation, but Burin says their help goes even further.

     “He has come into the city of Elmira and saved the tax payers thousands of dollars because of the speed that he can pick this debris up," says Burin.

     Agoglia and his team will be in the area for a few more days. To find out how to donate to “First Response Team of America”, go to http://firstresponseteam.org/responding-by-storm/