Operation “Jacob Collection Campaign” rolled into the Victory Villa community in Middle River complete with beaming lights and blaring sirens from the 14 vehicle emergency vehicle parade December 9th.
Jacob is 16 and lives near the Baltimore headquarters for Bi-Bet Security Solutions. Jacob’s passion is visiting military, first responders, police departments, fire departments and ambulance companies. Because of COVID-19 social distance restrictions, health issues and local safety protocols, he has not been able to visit these facilities this year.
To replace his passion, Jacob turned to patch, pin and memorabilia collecting. This became a passion just like he pursues all his interests. “It was slow going for Jacob and we wanted to change that,” said Brian Kunkel, CEO of the Bri-Bet Group.
“At Bri-Bet, we are fortunate to have many employees with law enforcement and military experience whose life work is to make our world a safer and better place every day. And nobody rallies behind a cause better than the military and first responder community,” said Kunkel.
Consequently, Kunkel and Bri-Bet senior vice president Andy Purdie led efforts to reach out to fellow first responders. And just like that, the memorabilia rolled in. Jacob and his family greeted the parade of cars with hoots, hollers and fist pumps as the emergency vehicles passed. When concluded, Jacob was presented with dozens of items sent in from all over the country.
Hopefully, this fills a void for the big first responder fan and kicks off his holiday season helping to leave the disappointment of 2020 in the rear view mirror.
Also participating were Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, Baltimore County Police and Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Department.
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