Cadyville Explorers benefit helps volunteer fireman Carl Bow

Not long after that, he met his wife Penny. When the couple moved to Cadyville, where Penny's Dad was a long-time member of the fire department, Carl wasted no time in joining. It is an opportunity to help people; save their lives, homes or livelihood. Overall it is a great thing to do for the community, Carl explained. Carl saw the fire department as a vehicle for him to bless his community, but recently, the Cadyville Fire Department became the vehicle through which the community blessed Carl and his family. The Fire Department is like a big extended family, Carl said. That extended family noticed that a member was hurting and decided to do something about it. In the past three years Carl and Penny Bowers had been through two emergency surgeries to deliver three premature babies. The first brought Katelyn into the world at just 27 weeks, the second brought twins, Ellie and Ethan into the world at 28 weeks. Although the ordeal with Katelyn was long and difficult, things were more serious with the twins. The twins were born on Aug. 11 following a four hour surgery that left Penny in the ICU. She lost 60 percent of her blood volume. The twins were moved to the Fletcher Allen NICU in Burlington with Ellie weighing 1 lb. 4 oz., and Ethan 1 lb. 15 oz. Ethan came home the day after Thanksgiving, but did have to be re-hospitalized twice, once for a week, and the second time for four days. Ellie did not come home until Christmas Eve. To top that all off, Carl was laid off from Bombardier Corporation in December, and has returned to school full-time to become a nurse. Recently, it was discovered that the sutures in Ethans skull, responsible for shaping the head, had fused together prematurely and would need surgery at a hospital in Dartmouth NH. The Bowers extended family in the fire department decided that a benefit should be done for the Bowers, to help cover the medical travel expenses that have piled up. They also decided that the members of the Explorer Post 130 should be the ones to bring the benefit to fruition. The Explorers are a group of young people 14 years old (having completed 8th grade) and older. They are junior members of the Cadyville Fire Department and meet two evenings a month for instruction and practice. They accompany the firemen on their calls, acting as their support team. The Explorers were up to the task. They are a very dedicated group, Lead Advisor David Jock commented. They do a lot of hard work. The benefit was a pancake breakfast held Feb. 25 at the St. James Parish Center in Cadyville. We would like to thank the Explorers for all their hard work, Penny commented. It was well put together and was a huge success thanks to them. We were simply amazed at the outpouring of support we received from the community, Penny continued. Everyone came together to support our family by attending the benefit, telling us of their similar hardships, and offering their support. Ethans surgery took place on March 14 and he returned home on March 18. Now, at seven months, Ellie is up to 9 lbs. 7oz., and Ethan is up to 12 lbs. The Bowers are very grateful, but there is still a long road ahead of them. Anyone who would like to help them can send donations to: Carl and Penny Bowers, 739 Route 374, Cadyville, NY 12918 To learn more about Explorer groups, which are affiliated with the boy scout program, visit www.learning-for-life-.org

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