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Montgomery County gives back to teen who donated gloves to MCEM

William Rochelle of Montgomery County, Alabama is show with the package of gloves he sent to Montgomery County, New York. (Photo submitted)

FONDA — After a 16-year-old resident in Montgomery County, Alabama donated a box of gloves to Montgomery County Emergency Management Department in here in New York in April, county Emergency Management Director Rick Sager decided to return the favor.

The Montgomery County Emergency Management team and County Executive Matt Ossenfort donated a supply of protective equipment that included gloves, masks and hand sanitizer to William Rochelle, a high school student in Montgomery County, Alabama, according to a statement on the Montgomery County- NY Facebook.

“As we saw the number of cases in Alabama rise, we knew it was our turn to assist because Montgomery County is ‘Stronger Together.'”

In April, Rochelle, after seeing the spread of COVID-19 in New York and seeing the need for supplies such as gloves and masks, decided he wanted to help, and donated his last box of gloves to the emergency management team.

“When I saw a nurse begging for help and I heard your governor say ‘Help us today and we will help you when it’s your turn,’ I wanted to do something to help,” Rochelle said in a letter sent to the county in response to their supply package.

“Your supply package came at the right time. My mama and aunts make care bags for family, church and community members who have been affected by the virus. Supplies are limited here, so they have to stand in line for hours just to get supply. Sometimes the supplies run out before they get anything,” Rochelle stated in his letter. “They call themselves ‘Chuck’s Caring Angels.’ Chuck is my late grandfather. It is ironic that I received your supply box one day before we observed and remembered his death four years ago [July 27, 2016].”

According to the press release issued in April, Rochelle chose Montgomery County in New York after he and his mom, Retha Rochelle googled how they could help New York and cam across a list of every county in New York. They chose Montgomery County because similarities with “Montgomery”.

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