HONORING WHITNEY COY AND OTHER MEMBERS OF FIREWIVES.COM
(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E747]
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        HONORING WHITNEY COY AND OTHER MEMBERS OF FIREWIVES.COM

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                           HON. STEVE STIVERS

                                of ohio

                    in the house of representatives

                         Thursday, May 23, 2013

  Mr. STIVERS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a group of my 
constituents from Lancaster, Ohio, who pulled together to make a 
difference in the wake of an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, 
Texas that injured hundreds and killed at least 14 people.
  Of those lost in the explosion on April 17, many were firefighters 
from different departments who responded to the fire and explosion. 
When the wives of Lancaster firefighters and members of 
``Firewives.com'' heard about what happened, they knew something had to 
be done.
  Whitney Coy and the other members of ``Firewives.com'' formed a 
committee to fundraise for the West, Texas Volunteer Fire Department. 
Their group has grown to roughly 350 members since April. The group's 
original goal was to sell 150 T-shirts, which they sold in the very 
first day. So far, they have sold more than 850 t-shirts and raised 
more than $7,500 for West, Texas.
  The money raised by our neighbors in Lancaster will be used to 
purchase new equipment to help protect firefighters in West, Texas. I 
am confident that Whitney Coy and her team played a very important role 
in ensuring the new equipment could be purchased.
  Again, I am thankful for Whitney Coy's hard work in helping the 
people of West, Texas. I ask that all Members of Congress stand with me 
to recognize her, and her team, for their acts of selflessness and 
kindness.

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