Grand Gorge FD raises money for March of Dimes


Grand Gorge and Roxbury fire department members held a chicken barbecue on March 9 with the proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes - March for Babies team “Remembering Dylan.”

The chicken was put on the barbecue after several hours of marinating in their “special sauce” and was ready for sale around 11:30 a.m. It was sold out by about 1 p.m.   Salads, baked beans and desserts were prepared by members of the department as well as members of the United Methodist Church.

The “Remembering Dylan” team is walking on Sunday, April 28 in the Albany March for Babies in memory of the son of Grand Gorge Fire Department Chief DJ Speenburgh and Karen Speenburgh who died shortly after birth in 2008.

On December 11, 2008 their son, Dylan, was born two-and-a-half weeks early by an emergency c-section. His heart had stopped beating. Doctors revived him and rushed him to a newborn infant care unit. Needing more specialized care, he was transported to a Children’s Hospital, which was three hours away. On December 12, after being in the world for only a few short days, he passed away.

If anyone wants to join their team and walk with them this year or make a donation to support their March for Babies team, they can check out their website at
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.
This will be the fifth year the team “Remembering Dylan” has participated in the March for Babies, raising almost $20,000 to support the mission.