BYRON — Answer the call.

The Byron Rescue Squad along with local fire departments will be holding a “911 Food Drive” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 29 at Byron-Bergen High School Campus.

Food donated will be given to the Salvation Army in Batavia for distribution.

“We came up with this on our own,” said Brad Nickerson, captain of the rescue squad and an EMT for 15 years. “We’ve seen a lot of people support first responders so we decided to give something back.”

Having the drive at the school “works out great,” he said.

“It straddles both towns and we’re hoping to get parents involved, too,” he said. “The Salvation Army gave us a list of big items and they do food drives at Northgate Church, so we want to make sure they always have enough to give out.

“It’s nice to help the community because the’ve been helping us out a lot.”

The items in demand are: helper meal kits (hamburger and tuna) canned fruit, crackers and cereal. Any non-perishable food items will be welcomed.

If these hours do not fit your busy schedule, donations can be left at the Byron Fire Department across from the Post Office in Byron on Route 262.

Please have your donations bagged and be advised that no one needs to exit their car at this event. Volunteers will accept your donation as you pass through the high school campus.

Byron Bergen High school is located at the intersection of Route 262 and West Bergen Rd. in Bergen.

For questions or to volunteer to help at the drive, Contact Brad Nickerson at (585) 330-3584 or by email at

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