UTICA — The chance for the community to give back to one person who has already given so much will take place in Utica on Saturday. A “Touch the Truck” benefit dinner will be conducted at Utica High School for the benefit of Rob Pierpont, who was injured in an accident June 24 when he fell 12 feet, landing on concrete while working at Utica Church of Christ.
Pierpont suffered a concussion, skull fractures, broken ribs, a fractured scapula and a broken wrist from the fall. He spent nearly a month at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and his recovery is expected to take months.
A longtime supporter of the Utica community, Pierpont is former chief of the Utica Fire Department where he has been a member since 1986. He is also a Mason, a deacon and trustee for Utica Church of Christ and is a supporter of America’s Freedom Lodge.
A dinner will highlight the afternoon’s festivities beginning at 4 p.m. where visitors can also explore fire trucks, squads, dump trucks, dozers, helicopters and other equipment plus meet local rescue personnel and talk to Pierpont. “We will have more than 100 pieces of equipment on hand,” said fire department auxiliary vice president and firefighter Sadie Woodruff. “It will be kind of a virtual petting zoo of fire trucks.” A sprinkler will be set up for the children, and there will also be the chance to spray a fire hose. “This is just a really fun time and a way to involve the whole community,” she said.
There will be a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle to help raise funds. Cost of the dinner will be a donation, and extra donations will be collected to aid Pierpont with his expenses.
Those unable to attend who would like to give donations can send them to the Utica Fire Department, P.O. Box 528, Utica, OH 43080.
For more information, call Woodruff at (419) 560-5653.
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