A fiery cause for animals

Joshua Forend
Firefighter Joshua Forend demonstrates the oxygen mask on P.J. Burmeister. Photo by Lynn Christoffers

Posted July 12, 2007

Betsy Burmeister has been busy raising money to purchase oxygen masks for animals that need to be resuscitated after being caught in a fire. After reading about such devices, she contacted a man in Wisconsin who gave her information. Since then, she has raised two thirds of the amount needed to purchase small, medium, and large masks for the Island fire departments. Her current fund-raiser is a raffle. She is selling raffle tickets, $5 each, for dinner at the Square Rigger and a movie in Edgartown, and the drawing will be August 17. Find tickets at Cronig's Market or at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where Ms. Burmeister is the activities director. You may also send a check to O2 for Pets, P.O. Box 4434, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.