The American Red Cross has announced that effective July 2014 Firelands' Chapter Executive Ron Rude will retire from the Red Cross with 39 years of service.
At that time, the Firelands Chapter will join the Lorain County Chapter of the Red Cross under the leadership of one chapter executive. The region will conduct a search for the position.
The union of the chapters will ensure consistent services and maximize donated dollars in support of the Red Cross mission to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, according to information from the Red Cross. The union also will allow equipment, staff and volunteers' skill sets to be shared seamlessly. Operations will continue at each of the current locations.
The Red Cross has been providing services in both areas since 1916. The Firelands Chapter was formed in 1968 from three area chapters in Huron and Erie counties -- the Erie County Chapter (established 1916), the Huron County Chapter (established 1917) and the Willard Chapter of the Red Cross (established 1936).
In 1916, Red Cross Chapters were formed in Elyria and Lorain. In 1962, the two chapters joined to better offer services to the entire county. They moved into the current building in 1966. Rita Campbell, the current Lorain County Chapter Executive, joined in 2012.
The Northeast Ohio Region of the American Red Cross serves 22 counties and their 4.5 million residents by preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
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