For immediate release: May 5, 2022
Published by: Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Inc.
Contact: John P. Farrell Jr., Volunteer Firefighter, JFarrell@lowfr29.com
The cars are gone and the motor on the shred truck has stopped but the spirit of volunteerism, and
contribution is still being felt from The Community Shred Day event in eastern Orange County on April
Licata Group, a local real estate team, hosted another successful team building exercise for their group.
But this was more than an exercise, this event was an opportunity for their team to engage the entire
community while also raising money to support their local first responders.
“Pat (Licata) and I, with our businesses, have always felt a successful business has an obligation to give
back to the community it serves,” said John Licata, owner of Licata Group. “Pay it forward if you will. All
our team members of Licata Group have bought into that premise. We as a team collaborate and agree on
several events that have the community in mind. Shred is one that engages the entire area and allows
everyone to contribute to and assist our local fire and rescue volunteers.”
This year the event saw over 260 cars and over 8,000 lbs. of paper shredded and raised over $2970 dollars
to assist the local volunteers at the Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company.
“Our members looked forward to this event each year and with great organizers, like Licata Group, it is a
true benefit not just to our members but to the whole community,” said Fire Chief Mike
Cianci. “Nowadays with just a few bits of personal information, thieves can steal and sell your identity.
Shredding documents at events such as Community Shred Day help to maintain the integrity of the
information and the security of the identity.”
The Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company responded to over 820 calls for service in
2021 and serves the various residents, commercial businesses, houses of worship and academic
institutions located in the Locust Grove, Germanna and Wilderness areas of Eastern Orange County along
Route 3 and Route 20.