Ben & Jerry’s at The Shoppes Raises Nearly $1,200.00 for Canton’s Bravest
Volunteer Firefighters, EMTs & Fire Police Scoop Ice Cream, Respond to Emergency Calls
& Pass the Boot
Canton, CT April 4, 2017…. Only Ben & Jerry’s could bring out ice cream lovers from all over the
Farmington Valley, on a wind swept, rainy day, to celebrate the 12th annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone
Day to benefit the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department.
Eight hours and thousands of free cones and cups scooped later, Free Cone Day had raised nearly
$1,200.00 for Canton’s volunteer firefighters, EMTs and Fire Police. This brings the grand total of
donations to the Department, from Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Days – 2005 to 2017 – to nearly
From Noon until 8:00pm, Free Cone Day attendees lined up for ice cream and tours of: Canton’s
Ladder 2; Engine 4; the Paramedic fly car and the Ambulance. Canton’s firefighters and EMTs
also answered questions about volunteering for the Department. And patrons, of all ages, enjoyed the
company of fire celebrity Sparky the Dog. As the day progressed, Canton’s volunteer firefighters and
EMTs also responded to: a motor vehicle accident, two fire calls and four medical emergencies.
Department Chief Craig Robbins: “As always, 100% of these donations will be applied
toward the purchase of new equipment and/or tools, in addition to recruitment of new individuals and
retention of our current members. We thank our community partners, Phil and Brandi Killoran of Ben
& Jerry’s, their amazing crew and all those who donated, for their continued generosity and support
of our work.”
Anyone interested in joining the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department can visit www.cantonfireandems.org, or drop by the Collinsville or Canton firehouses Monday evenings during the Department’s weekly practice drill at 7:00 p.m.