Sturbridge Rotary gifts masks to local first responders

Police, firefighters benefit from PPE donation

📸 Courtesy photo from left to right, Sturbridge Rotary President Dr. David Zonia, Fire Chief John Grasso, Jr. and Police Chief Earl Dessert.
By Sydney Leanna
Special to The Citizen Chronicle

STURBRIDGE — ‘Tis the season of giving…PPE and generosity! On Tuesday, November 24, Sturbridge Rotary Club members and representatives of the Town of Sturbridge’s First Responders gathered outside the Sturbridge Police Station for a special presentation.

One thousand PPE face masks were generously donated to the Sturbridge Rotary Club by a Rotarian in the Connecticut District. Sturbridge Rotary Club President, Dr. David Zonia, presented these face masks to the Town to assist First Responders as they protect and support our Sturbridge community. The First Responders were represented by Interim Police Chief Earl Dessert, and Fire Chief John Grasso, Jr. who were most appreciative to receive the donation. Included in those on hand to witness the presentation were fellow Sturbridge Rotary Club members Klaus and Glenys Hachfeld.  Rotary’s Past District Governor Hachfeld commented, “The whole point of this Club is to help the community.”  Donations such as these truly exemplify the Rotary motto, “Service above Self”.

The Sturbridge Police Department is also doing their part, of course, to give back to the community. They recently partnered with the organization “Cops For Kids With Cancer”, working together to help families who are especially struggling this holiday season by providing much needed financial help. Please consider donating to this cause online at:

Let’s help them surpass their $2,500 goal!

With all that’s transpired this year, we’re reminded now more than ever that taking care of our community is truly what matters the most! Sturbridge Rotary Club is one of 35,000 clubs worldwide providing humanitarian service as members of Rotary International.  Beyond the regional and international help that we provide, we are most proud of providing support for local issues impacting the members of the Sturbridge community.


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