Contact Us

So Why Were There Firetrucks On All The Overpasses Along US-131 Sunday?

If you were driving along US 131 late Sunday morning, you likely saw firetrucks on most of the overpasses as you went through Grand Rapids, and Wyoming honoring someone or something, but what was it?

Well, fortunately, it wasn’t a funeral as many speculated; instead it was the annual send off for Kids Burn Camp which happens at YMCA’s Camp Manitou-Lin.

Each summer, for one week, kids from all over the state of Michigan who are or have been treated at a burn center anywhere in the state, go to camp and are able to interact with other kids their ages that are dealing with the same kind of pain, treatments and judgments from their social circles.


As the Helen Devos Children’s Hospital website explains:

It’s important for children to be with other kids who have experienced the same injuries, as well as the painful rehabilitation and social consequences that are a part of recovering from a serious burn injury. Along with the regular kids camp activities like horseback riding, canoeing and crafts, your child can gain social confidence and the ability to cope with life after being burned.


Kids between the ages of seven and seventeen are able to attend the camp free of charge because of various local donations that help fund the camp.  As you can see from the 2014 send off, the busses are escorted by Michigan State Police, area fire departments and motorcycle riders, with the local departments also saluting the kids along their journey.

And that’s why there were firetrucks on all the overpasses today.

Best of 97.9 GRD

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for Freeloaders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Freeloaders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.