For the third consecutive year, American Leak Detection of Columbus owner Steven West is contributing a percentage of his monthly sales to an organization that provides tragedy assistance for fallen USAF rescue members.
This cause is especially important to West, who served as a United States Air Force Pararescue Staff Sergeant from 1985 to 1994. This elite force is tasked with the rescue and recovery of personnel in combat and humanitarian operations. Since 1985, 29 pararescuemen and dozens of additional rescue crew-members have been killed in the line of duty.
West is contributing $10 for every invoice in the month of May to the Las Vegas-based That Others May Live Foundation. West’s leak technicians will also be encouraging customers to match their $10 donation while they’re in the field each day.
“This cause is extremely close to my heart,” says West. “These guys are out there putting themselves in harm’s way and tragically, many perish in the line of duty doing what I once did. This foundation provides critical support to the surviving family members and ensures educational opportunities for every child that has lost a parent during a mission.”
This year’s Pararescue Challenge, an annual event, is dedicated to the memory of Chief Master Sergeant Nick McCaskill who was killed while fighting off an ambush in Afghanistan while supporting the U.S. State Department April 6, 2013. The Chief is survived by his wife of 20 years, Nikki, and their two teenage daughters, Kenna & Tyler.
The fundraiser, consisting of physical fitness and endurance aspects, is open to both individuals and teams of three. It will begin at 7 a.m., May 18 at Hilliard Municipal Park, 3850 Veteran’s Memorial Drive. Visit www.ParaRescueChallenge.com to register for $75 or $210 to race as a team.
Steven and Lisa West purchased their Columbus territory in August 1998. They operate four trucks and employ a staff of seven. They serve Columbus and Central Ohio, including Delaware, Knox, Madison, Perry and Ross counties. For information, call 614-876-7146.