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Stayin' Alive Donates $36,000 To Armonk First Responders

Stayin' Alive cofounders, right to left, Michelle Berliner and Christy Saltstein with a New Castle Police Officer. Stayin’ Alive donationed over $36,000 in grants and equipment gifts to Westchester County first responders.
Stayin' Alive cofounders, right to left, Michelle Berliner and Christy Saltstein with a New Castle Police Officer. Stayin’ Alive donationed over $36,000 in grants and equipment gifts to Westchester County first responders. Photo Credit: Stayin Alive

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Stayin’ Alive dispensed donations of over $36,000 in grants and equipment gifts to local first responders.

The nonprofit organization’s grant program is intended to improve and enhance services by and for the local volunteer fire departments, EMS and EMTS.

Stayin’ Alive founders Michelle Berliner and Christy Saltstein said they are thankful for the support from the community and local businesses.

Three years ago, the cofounders' husbands were critically injured during Hurricane Sandy when they were struck by a utility pole. They survived due to the determination, dedication and expertise of saving lives by North Castle’s first responders, which includes the Fire Departments, Police Department and the Highway Department, says Berliner.

Through an application process, Stayin’ Alive grants were awarded for items not funded in their budgets. Armonk Independent Fire Company, Banksville Independent Fire Company, North White Plains Fire Department, Thornwood Fire District and the Town of North Castle Police Department were awarded grants.

The Armonk Fire Department said they are proud to work closely with the Armonk residents of Stayin’ Alive and appreciate all the help and support they have been given throughout the years.

“There is an amazing commitment from our crews,” says Barry Reiter, former chairman of North Castle Citizen Corp Council (NC4) Coalition and Town Board Member. NC4 works closely with the North Castle’s Town’s Emergency Management Plan to provide shelter operations.

For information regarding emergency kits and contact information in case of an emergency see New Castle's website .

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