Dracut Volunteers, Inc. Are Making A Difference
Aug 18, 2017 05:02AM ● Published by Catie Riordan
Residents who feel they want to do a little more for their fellow neighbor, should think about joining this non-profit organization.
DVI was first established when Kathryn Lucier, a 75-year-old Dracut woman, who had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s went missing in late October 2016. The Dracut Police and many other law enforcement agencies searched for Lucier tirelessly without result.
State Rep. Colleen Garry, organized volunteer search parties and worked with the police hoping that the increase in manpower would aid the effort. On the third day of the search, one of Garry’s search parties did indeed find Lucier near a boat at the rear of 248 Pleasant St. in critical condition because of her exposure to the elements.
After three days of searching, with temperatures that went down to 30 degrees, Lucier being found alive was a miracle. Lucier was able to recover after two months of rehab.
Garry and the other individuals who searched for Lucier wanted to keep the volunteerism spirit alive in Dracut, so the DVI was created.
In addition to the helping the individual in need of rescue and their family, these trackers also benefits local communities with reduced search expenses and the health care system with less medical services required.
DVI has been holding car washes, bake sales and raffles, and sold flags on July 4th, in an effort to purchase some trackers for residents in need.
And if that wasn’t enough,they will have a table at Old Home Day on Sept. 9. The next members meeting is Sept.10, and new members are always welcome.