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Local firefighters keep U.S. troops in mind

Rochester, N.Y. For more almost 13 years, the U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan.

There has been a methodical reduction in the number of boots on the ground in the country, but there are still about 38,000 U.S. troops there, and the Pittsford Fire Department wants to make sure theyre not forgotten.

I worry about him 25 hours a day, said Mark Shalvoy, a Pittsford firefighter whose 25-year-old son, Lieutenant Rob Shalvoy currently serves in Afghanistan. Its just constant, I wake up in the middle of the night worrying about him.

The Pittsford Fire Department decided to lend a helping hand to Shalvoys son and those serving alongside him.

Theyre in the process of shipping out more than 40 boxes filled with blankets, gloves, toothpaste and shampoo to the eastern Afghanistan region near the Pakistan border, where Lt. Shalvoy and his platoon are serving.

Its the little things, Shalvoy said. Theyre out there in the sticks where you cant find those things and its coldvery cold.

The supplies were collected, boxed and shipped by both the Pittsford Explorer Volunteer First Ambulance program and the Pittsford Fire Department.  

 
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