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Pleasant Valley Library

For Generations, the Pleasant Valley Library has always been a great learning and gathering facility located in the heart of Pleasant Valley. On November 6, 2018 tragedy struck, and a fire broke out at the library making the location uninhabitable. This caused great heartache in the town because the children and other groups no longer had a facility to use. Almost immediately in December of the same year plans to rebuild the Library were put into place, but they wanted a bigger and updated facility, which was going to prove to be a costly endeavor. The price tag for the facility and all the upgrades was approx. $3 million, which $1 million was from the insurance on the library and $1 million came from grants, so this left a $1 million deficit which would have to come from private donations. The donation drive was painstaking slow as $1 million is a lot to raise in a small town thus delaying planning of the project for almost a year, so in stepped the Peckham Family Foundation. The very generous donation by the Peckham Family Foundation put the project over their goal and allowed the project to proceed and grow beyond their expectations. Many addition computers, books, and a larger community center where now achieved.
The old library used to have an average of 4-5 community gatherings per month, now they are exceeding 30 a month with the added space. There were only a few computers to use and now there are over a dozen for all to use. Thanks to the Peckham Family Foundation the library is not only a learning and gathering facility it is the showcase of the town. In recognition of their generosity, the library named the community room “The Peckham Family Foundation Community Room” and once again children of all ages have a place to go and learn.
The Peckham Family has always helped the communities that they are a part of, and Pleasant Valley is very honored to have them in their community.

Athens Article

On Thursday morning, June 9th, Tommy Faxon, the owner of Tommy Faxon Excavation, was at the right place, at the right time. Tommy was displaying symptoms of having a heart related emergency while unloading a tanker at our PARCO terminal at Union Street in Athens, NY.

Immediately, Scott Pooters, our Liquid Division Manager, along with fellow employees, Joe Sisto and Ahron Young, sprung into action. Joe and an acquaintance of Tommy’s who happened to be the Columbia County 911 dispatcher, traded off on performing chest compressions. Ultimately Scott hooked Tommy to one of the AED’s on site and administered a shock based on the instructions from the device. At this point EMS had arrived and took over, however it was clear that due to the efforts of this well-trained group, Tommy had been revived twice and was in the professional’s hands heading to the hospital.

Later that afternoon, we found out that Tommy had undergone surgery and was recovering. Scott and Joe, along with the assistance of the others, had saved a life.

We asked Amalio Jusino (AJ) our First Aid/CPR/AED trainer to stop by to do a post event briefing, here are some of his comments, including a quote he shared:

“Let this resonate, as yesterday in speaking with these gentlemen I felt true appreciation for their commitment to a human life, the focus of their training, and the emotion that they expressed. A flawless execution of patient care, and empathy to another human.” -AJ


“Next to creating a life the finest thing a man can do is save one.” -Abraham Lincoln


As of this writing, Tommy is home recovering and has told dispatch he plans on returning to his business, and “feels great to be alive.” We hope this story first, makes everyone extremely proud to know that as the result of our investment in training, AED’s, as well as the willingness of our employees, a second life was saved at Peckham Industries. The first being our ready mix driver, Bobby Ryan, in Shaftsbury VT just over 3 years ago. Second, we hope that this story motivates you to either double down on your commitment to First Aid/CPR/AED training or enroll in the next class that is offered at Peckham. Whether it’s at work, home, or out in public, you likely will experience a medical emergency…will you be ready? As Bob Yaremko, VP, commented:

“We all should be so proud of the actions taken by Scott, Joe and others in Athens to save Tommy’s life. It is an incredible outcome due to the training we have done for decades with employees and AED units we have throughout the company.”

We have over 50 AED units throughout all the Peckham locations and routinely provide First Aid/CPR/AED training to all those interested. Currently, 210 employees have received training, please consider signing up for the next session.