CARMEL, N.Y. - Putnam County first responders are in receipt of a much-needed donation of 4,000 surgical masks which will help protect them and their patients during this fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation comes from the ITCS Group, a Hong Kong-based company, through its U.S. partner, Lawton Enterprises, LLC.

Jim Stasiak, chief of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department, accepted the masks on behalf of all the departments in Putnam County. Wolfgang Lawton, an exempt member of Mahopac FD and current paramedic fighting on the front lines in Westchester, is also the owner of Lawton Enterprises and facilitated the donation.

As New York has become the epicenter of the pandemic, hospitals and first responders have been placed under a lot of stress and resources are running extremely low. New York City and the immediate surrounding suburban counties are receiving supplies as they become available. Putnam County was chosen for this particular donation, as it was seen that Putnam lies just far enough from the immediate epicenter but is still within the metro area. This geographic area seems to be the forgotten area when it comes to supplies.

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Lawton has been coordinating with Ronnie Fresdorf from ITCS for about two weeks to get the shipment expedited out of Singapore.

“We are receiving help from literally the other side of the planet Earth,” Lawton said. “The fact that other people on the other side of the world see our need and respond to it is truly amazing and heartwarming.

Lawton credits Daniel Kolbe the managing director of ITCS Group, for making the donation.

ITCS Group is an IT managed services, talent-sourcing and IT support company that delivers services to major global corporations and Fortune 500 companies. It’s located in the Asia Pacific region and Lawton Enterprise is its U.S. partner.

“We look forward to our continued partnership with ITCS, Lawton said, “and Lawton Enterprises remains available to facilitate any donations directly to our first responders who can benefit the most from them.”

Article courtesy of Jack Casey/MVFD

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