Molalla woman donates contest winnings to give Molalla Fire District a new Stil chainsaw

by: MOLALLA FIRE DISTRICT - Lt. Clint Shaver of the Molalla Fire District with the new Stihl saw donated by Ronda Rozzel.Thanks to a donation from a civic-minded Molalla resident, the Molalla Fire District now owns a brand new and much-needed chainsaw for one of its trucks.

The gift came from Ronda Rozzel.

Rozzell, who works for the city of Canby, said her husband James is “an adamant chewer of Copenhagen,” so she got on the company’s website last spring to look for coupons and noticed the company had a contest offering prize money for answering the question, How would you help your community?

“I love the walking path Canby has on the old Molalla Forest Road, so I sent in my answer, saying I’d love to do a walking path in Molalla where they took up the railroad tracks,” Rozzell said. “It would be wonderful for families and kids riding bikes and for people to walk on.”

That was in May. After a few months went by, Rozell said she pretty much forgot about the contest. Then a package from Copenhagen arrived at her door with a letter and a $500 VISA card.

So Rozzell got on the phone to Molalla City Hall with her idea to donate the money for a walking path, but was told the city hadn’t yet arranged to purchase the land yet.

“The city couldn’t accept the money because they would need to create a special fund for it and it could still be years before they’d be ready to build a path there,” she said. “So my next idea was that the fire department always needs help.”

She then contacted a member of the Molalla Fire Board, who told her the department really needed a chainsaw. Rozzell purchased a new Stihl chainsaw, a case and ear protection from the Molalla Saw Shop for $499.89. Then she took it to the station and presented it to firefighters on Sept. 28.

“This is something I thought would be fun to do for those guys —it’s just a gesture,” she said. “They deserve it for all the good work they do for us in Molalla, and I’m really happy I could do this.”

Fire district spokesperson Mike Penunuri said the new equipment is a welcome donation that will be frequently used.

“It’s greatly appreciated in these economic times,” he said. “And it’s highly unusual for someone to make a donation of equipment in that amount.”

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