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Nashua youth heading to Belarus for firefighters rally

MANCHESTER – Young Rescuers USA, a Manchester-based nonprofit organization, will participate in the annual International Rally of Young Rescuers and Firefighters from July 15-23, hosted by the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus.

The program is available to seven youths from the United States who are ages 13-17. ...

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MANCHESTER – Young Rescuers USA, a Manchester-based nonprofit organization, will participate in the annual International Rally of Young Rescuers and Firefighters from July 15-23, hosted by the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus.

The program is available to seven youths from the United States who are ages 13-17.

Team USA consists of Gleb Zhurauliou, Nashua; Holly Antoine, Chester; Shauntel Sawyer, Manchester; Emily Goldstein, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Navaar Naimie, Cape Neddick, Maine; and Zachary and Jordan Wiskow, Indian Trail, N.C.

The competition is sponsored by UNICEF, attracting youths from 13 nations, including Germany, Moldova, Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and the United States.

Upon arrival in Belarus, Team USA will receive a briefing at the U.S. embassy.

“Our Young Rescuers learn and compete in basic life safety exercises, enjoy excursions to cultural, scenic and historic sites throughout Belarus and make lasting international friendships, all to the benefit of the U.S.,” said George Bruno, of Manchester, the program founder, a former ambassador and immigration attorney.

Lt. Leo Roy, of the Manchester Fire Department, and Chief Richard Antoine, of the Chester Fire Department, provided training on first aid, firefighting and
rescuing, which are just some of the skills that Team USA will demonstrate in Belarus.

Richard Antoine and Ann Huxable Naimie will go on the trip as chaperones, as will organization President David Tille, of Concord.

Funds for the program, now in its sixth year, are donated. Supporters include Books-a-Million, Ambassador Joe Petrone and Augusta Petrone, The Barley House in Concord, Hollis inventor Kedar Gupta, Dr. Rob Gougelet from Dartmouth College, former Sen. Gordon Humphrey and Patty Humphrey, former University of New Hampshire Chancellor Steve Reno and Kit Reno, and many other individual and business sponsors.

Youths interested in participating in the 2015 program may find more information at www.Young
RescuersUSA.org.