Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Care owner, Dave Furlong (L) presents $5,120 check to Mike Maloney (R), Vice Chairman Veterans Memorial Park and Digital Library. (Michael Blackwell photo}

Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Care donates to Veterans

Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Service donates $5,120 to local Veterans Memorial Park and Digital Library

TROY – Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Care made a $5,120 donation to the Veterans Memorial Park and Digital Library located in Greenville at the recent annual Talent Show held at the Miami Valley Veterans Museum in Troy.

The Greenville business used the Great Darke County Fair to raise the funds through sales of its fair display following the event with Fitzwater owner, Dave Furlong personally matching the funds generated from the sale.

“Dave is a super guy,” said Veterans Memorial Park and Digital Library Vice Chairman, Mike Maloney.   “We were so excited when we heard about it – what he was doing at the fairgrounds.”

Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Care is celebrating 75 years in 2021 serving the community. Furlong made the presentation to the organization at its Talent Show.

“When you have been blessed by people doing work in business there is a time – there are a lot of people that have come before me that have done a lot more than I have done,” said Furlong. “I have been blessed with a business, a lot of good employee and I have a lot of Veteran friends. I want to give back because that is what we are given blessings for.”

“It’s not for us to hold, it’s to go through our hands and give it to other organizations and people, that is why we are giving, You can only store so much in a barn – it’s a barn that has a door on the end of it and it’s to go through our hands and that is why we are blessed.”

“The Veterans – I wouldn’t be standing here today if it wasn’t for the Veterans, their service and some gave their lives,” continued Furlong. “I live in a country that’s free and has a democracy that I can have a thriving business. I greatly appreciate that and I can never give enough because the Veterans have given a lot more in their life and service to this country that I ever have.”

Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Care was founded in 1946 by Stan Fitzwater – a Veteran. Stan’s brother, Wayne Fitzwater was a Veteran as well.

“They came back from the service,” Furlong noted. “Stan started this tree business so it’s a little bit of an honor to him too – that is why I do it.”

“It’s about giving back – you give back for being fortunate,” Maloney concluded. “If you have a certain skill you give that skill back.”

Dave Furlong of Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Care presents $5,120 check to the Veterans Memorial Park and Digital Library located in Greenville. (Michael Blackwell photo)
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