The Leah Hoover Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization which assists the community by raising funds to purchase safety-related equipment. Our volunteer fire departments don’t have the luxury to fund these life-saving expensive tools and equipment.  Living a rural area, these tools and equipment become necessities rather than  luxuries.

Our most recent purchase has been a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) for the local volunteer fire departments to share. We offer our sincerest thanks to those businesses that came out to participate in the Utility Terrain Vehicle Demonstration Day for the Leah Hoover Memorial Foundation. We certainly appreciate the time you spent with us that day and the knowledge you demonstrated. All the vehicle models were quite worthy of fulfilling our need. We appreciated the opportunity to view and test drive your vehicles "out in the field" and commend you for volunteering your time and talents for this worthy cause. These are the demonstrators that attended with a few of their UTV's

The fund has purchased equipment such as two thermal imaging cameras for the fire and police departments in the surrounding communities to share and paid for the training with the equipment.  A night vision unit was also donated by the fund to assist the police department.  In addition to these, our organization has also purchased 310 smoke detectors that were distributed among the Martinsburg, Roaring Spring, East Freedom, Williamsburg, and Northern Bedford areas and donated 24 smoke detectors to “Christmas Carol” for the “Twelve Days of Christmas” program.  We donated funds to the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park to complete the handicap accessible parking area and sidewalk.  The fund also purchased two sets of turn-out gear for the Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Department.  The Leah Hoover Memorial Foundation awards two scholarships annually at Central High School in Martinsburg.

Leah Hoover, 20, of Martinsburg, PA, was raised on a Cove farm and attended the Spring Cove School District where her mother is a faculty member. Her parents are Don and Candy Hoover, and she has a younger brother, Matt. Leah lost her life in a house fire on February 13, 2005 due to smoke inhalation while celebrating her recent engagement at a small Valentine’s Day party with several friends.

She enjoyed cheerleading and babysitting, and was currently attending South Hills School of Business and Technology while also working three part-time jobs. She loved spending time with her friends, ice skating, riding four-wheelers, and working with children. She had worked at all three of the local daycares.

What are Thermal Imaging Cameras and Night Vision Systems?

A thermal camera is used by the fire department during a fire to find trapped, unconscious, or injured victims and pets in a house or large building fire. Without a thermal camera, rescue efforts can sometimes be impossible to perform because of the heavy, thick smoke and lives may be lost due to smoke inhalation. A thermal camera is also used to find fire in a building. Sometimes fire can hide in areas that cannot be seen with the human eye. With the help of a thermal camera the fire department can find fire faster and reduce fire damage in buildings and save more property.

Purchasing a thermal imaging camera costs $12,500. The cameras we purchase attach to helmets to offer hands-free operation so the firefighters can put out the fire or save the victims that the cameras allow them to see. Funds received in excess of the camera expenses are used to purchase additional safety-related equipment or assist with other community needs. Follow this link to learn about the thermal imaging cameras we purchased.

The AN/PVS-14 night vision monocular system we acquired has become the standard night vision device for US forces. It can be utilized by officers or agents for situational awareness, detection of threats and targets or long range surveillance in ground and tactical operations.  Security personnel can use the AN/PVS-14 for general situational awareness, detection of approaching threats and targets or long range surveillance. Follow this link to learn about the $4,000 AN/PVS-14 Variable Gain Monocular night vision system we acquired.

We need your help! Funding for expensive equipment is difficult, but thermal cameras are important life and property saving tools to have. Therefore, we are asking for any donation that you may be able to give. Our sincerest thanks for any monetary support you can provide.






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