EpiSOTE 38 w/ hero Bill Lavin
Meet our next hero Bill Lavin. Bill was a firefighter for 26 years and became a captain in the fire department for the last three years of his career. He is also the founder of the Where Angels Play Foundation. Bill and many others worked on building playgrounds in Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey hard and several other states. Just two months after Hurricane Sandy hit, America was stunned by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Bill then came up with the idea to build 26 playgrounds in Hurricane Sandy destroyed communities – one to honor the memory of each teacher or student lost that day in Newtown, CT. The Where Angels Play Foundation was founded and its first tribute initiative “The Sandy Ground Project” was completed in just 18 months. Twenty-six playgrounds were constructed along the coast of three states and built by firefighters, police officers, teachers, school administrators, and community volunteers. Each playground reflects the personality of the teacher or child for whom it is named and the project had unanimous approval and blessings of all 26 families. Join us as we highlight Bill for the incredible efforts and continued efforts he has put in to spread hope and recovery. Bill is truly Salt of the Earth!