By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: December 4, 2018 | 1:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Amazon, one of the county’s largest employers, did their part to give back to the community they call home after making a large donation to Dinwiddie’s first responders during an event just before Thanksgiving.
More than 400 of Dinwiddie’s Amazon fulfillment center’s associates gathered to honor Dinwiddie Volunteer Fire and EMS, culminating in a $5,000 donation to the organization.
This is the fulfillment center’s seventh peak holiday season where giving back to the community has become the norm. This year, the center’s leadership chose to honor the Fire and EMS department to support volunteers as they donate their time during the holiday season.
“Just like it’s important to recognize the efforts of their employees, it’s important to recognize and support the first responders in our community,” said Mike Doniger, General Manager of Amazon’s Dinwiddie fulfillment center, adding that the donation is their way of supporting their continuous efforts to protect and serve the community.
Members of Dinwiddie Fire and EMS stand with Amazon Fulfillment management as they present a $5,000 check to the organization as part of their efforts to support local emergency services. (Amazon)
That protection and service to the community were on full display earlier this year for Amazon to see when a fire broke out in their building in early May. That fire, which was in the middle of the facility, presented challenges to emergency crews, but local fire and rescue units were undeterred and fought the fire, got employees to safety, and extinguished the flames with no reported injuries.
The facility was able to reopen days later with little impact on their operations thanks to the response of local fire crews and mutual aid partners in the Tri-Cities and beyond who either helped back-fill stations to take calls in the county while local companies responded to the fire or were on scene at Amazon to help fight the fire.
For Captain Nick Sheffield, he said the company’s contribution will go a long way in continuing Dinwiddie Fire and EMS’ mission in the community.
“We’re so grateful to Amazon for this donation,” said Captain Sheffield. “With the extra funds, we will be able to purchase additional equipment for our new rescue boat, which will enhance our rescue capabilities on local and regional bodies of water.”