The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

February 14, 2014

Fill 'er up

Volunteers mark 10 years pumping seniors' gas

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — For the past 10 years senior citizens in the Albion area have been having a small contingent of volunteers gas up their cars on Wednesday mornings.

The group that has been volunteering the longest includes Gary Kent, Clarence “Wink” Winkelmann and Gary Westlund. 

Kent praised Winkelmann and Westlund for their dedication.

“They’ve done it every week since February of 2004,” he said. “They’ve been loyal and dedicated like you can’t believe.”

Along with filling gas tanks, the do-gooders also help some senior ladies who may be unsure about how the controls work in their new cars. They have also checked oil levels and put air in tires, Kent added.

About 10 to 12 people were with the group when it started a decade ago. 

This past Wednesday a number of the group’s regular customers stopped by for a fill-up. Among them were Jean Thiel, Phil Burgess, Jean Jozwiak and Sarah Scurry. Thiel said she has been stopping by the Albion Crosby’s for the group to gas up her car for the past three or four years. 

“I stopped here one day and just wound up here on the right day,” she recalled. “I’ve got heart trouble and don’t want to get out to pump the gas if I don’t have to.”

Burgess has been a regular for almost nine years. “They really help,” he said of the volunteers. “I’ve got an artificial leg and its hard for me to get out of the car for this.

“It’s a good service they provide because there are a lot of people who have trouble,” Burgess added. He noted he first heard of the service through the county’s Office for the Aging.

Jozwiak, a four-year customer, said generally speaking it is “better to have someone else pump gas for you.” She said the volunteers are friendly and “very courteous.”

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