EORH backs Ferry FD

MARTINS FERRY – East Ohio Regional Hospital is back in the fold.

After an internal communication snafu a year ago led the Martins Ferry Fire Department to seek elsewhere for sponsorship, the town’s hospital is back as the title sponsor for a few of the department’s annual events.

And Fire Chief Jack Regis, for one, is happier for it.

Regis and Martins Ferry Mayor Paul Riethmiller, along with Lieutenant Tom Regis and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Reese, accepted a check during Thursday’s Betty Zane Days from East Ohio Regional Hospital officials.

Part of it went toward funding the awards for the annual water battle between fire departments held Saturday. The winning team took home $300 and the runner-up received $200.

The Betty Zane Days parade and the festival’s 5K road race event also received support from the $1,500 donation to the annual late-summer event.

The Christmas Parade also receives a sizable boost.

East Ohio Regional Hospital’s donation of $2,000 will go a long way in ensuring another quality holiday parade the day after Thanksgiving in downtown Martins Ferry.

“Our biggest expense every year with the Christmas parade is the candy,” Regis said. “This will take care of that and we’ll have money for plaques for the entrants and decorations.”

Regis noted that the last few years, the department has had to dial back what all is offered at the parade because of rising costs.

But because of another company stepping forward to sponsor the parade, along with EORH for the upcoming event, it’s allowed the fire department to keep the parade at an ideal level.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the assistance of East Ohio Regional Hospital, along with the sponsoring company from last year.

“We are truly grateful for their support.”