Colton Corner: Volunteer Fire auction raises more funds than ever
The volunteer firefighters of Colton Rural Protection District#70 held their annual fundraising auction in the lot behind the local fire station on Saturday, May 19. It was a perfect weather day for the event, not too cold, not too hot and people came to bid.
Volunteer Association President Tim Behrens took the microphone as this year's auctioneer and led the bidding on the many varied auction items that included everything from a horse trailer, canoes, boats, a car, riding mowers, electric bikes, tools, hops, vacations, wine tours and cider tours and much more.
The event not only raised money for the volunteers but came with laughs, like when the auctioneer asked, "Who wants to bid on these two bikes?" and a little one in the back said, "I do!" He was referred to his parents.
Donating to the fundraiser were Whiskey Hill Winery, King's Raven Winery, Arrowhead Golf, Vista Balloons, Pips Gourmet Hotdogs, The Grotto Festival of Lights and Garden, Portland Cider Company, Chelsea Skogan Boyd, McMenamins Pub and Brewery, Molalla Bowl, Trail Distilling, Bullwinkle's, Wild Hare Saloon, Eastside Distilling, Pat's Acres Racing Complex, Slick's Big Time BBQ, Bliss Butters, Linda Bailey Dayton with Oregon Realty, the Japanese Gardens, Nolan's Tattoo Parlor in Estacada and Colton Coffee Company.
The event brought in $7,224 with more than $4,000 still coming in for the horse trailer. The volunteers were raising funds to benefit the Colton Volunteer Firefighters Association and this year they are working toward raising $35,000 to go toward an advanced Lifepak Physio-Control Monitor. The Lifepak is a monitor/defibrillator that constantly monitors heart rates and alerts EMS personnel to any sudden changes including when to ventilate and other specifics that are necessary in emergency situations. For the Colton Firefighters, emergency medical calls account for the largest number of tone-outs.
Besides the community support, there was a special attendee: David Hammel. In November of 2015, Hammel, a delivery truck driver, was on his usual route which included a stop at the Colton Market. As he opened the truck door to hop out, he went into full cardiac arrest.
Three young people, Chelsea Simons, Levi Dawson and Jake Ryan, saw it happen and stepped in to help. They called 911 and assisted Hammel under the direction of the 911 operator until Colton Fire Department's emergency responders took over. The Colton volunteers administered more than 400 chest compressions and used the defibrillator. Hammel was taken to the hospital by Life Flight and has made a full recovery. He and his family were back in Colton for the auction to support the department at their yearly fundraiser and to say thank you for the young people who ran to help and the fire department's response.
His story is one of the reasons the department is working to purchase the Lifepak that is setting the standard in advanced performance, capabilities and durability.
"It is important to the volunteers at Colton Fire District #70 to have the best they can for the community they serve," Behrens said. "We want to thank all those in the community who donated and all who came out to support it. This was one of the most successful annual Colton Fire auction fundraising events ever."