There are opportunities each day to help someone who needs it. Dave Foglio, the founder and President of First Response Security knows this well. Being an active volunteer in his community, he wanted to expand his volunteer work and reach into the communities where disaster had struck. Asking around and expressing interest in this type of outreach, Dave was soon informed about Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” –John Wooden
It was in September of 2013 that Dave received his first call to action from Samaritan’s Purse. The town of Lakewood, CO had just fallen victim to flooding and volunteers were called upon to provide families aid in the clean-up of their homes.
When you are dealing with a house that has been flooded, you begin by “going up the wall one foot further than what the water reached, take a skill saw and cut completely around the entire house” Dave said. This includes the kitchen cabinets, bathroom etc., because everything has to dry. The furniture and flooring is taken out, the insulation under the house is cut so water can drain and the drying process can begin. The power has gone out causing the food in the refrigerator to go bad. There is flood water left in puddles around the house.
The families are devastated to see their home cut apart, but it is all done to keep them safe and to keep black mold from growing back.
Two years later in September of 2015 a call to action for San Andreas went into effect after a wildfire had ravaged through the area. Houses were destroyed and Dave arrived at the area to see only the foundation of houses left.
“Imagine a two story home and the only thing that’s left is the refrigerator, dishwasher, the stove and 18 inches of ash” Dave commented. They would begin by asking the families what areas of the house their valuables were in and from there they would begin sifting through heaps of ash in hopes of finding something, anything.
It was in the high 80’s as they wore protective suits that covered them from head to toe, sweating and sifting for hours. But it was worth it when the sifter shook the last ash out and something was left in the metal wire. “You might find a small ceramic figurine and you place it on the foundation wall. You sift some more and you could find another ceramic piece and you place that on the wall. By the time we are done we line it up so as the family is walking toward their home, they see all these little trinkets we found and the families just light up” said Dave.
One of Dave’s favorite memories came from helping an 81 year old man find his All-Around Rodeo Cowboy belt buckle he had won when he was 22 years old. Dave could tell it was something very special to the man.
Amidst the overwhelming devastation it becomes the little things that can create a smile and a sense of hope. “It is humbling to hear of the memories associated with often broken, small items…” said Dave.
In 2015, Dave and his wife Charlene volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse in three cities, helping with the clean-up of two floods and one wildfire. They gave a total of 15 days of volunteer time. Their goal is to exceed their 15 volunteer days in the year 2016.
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