Silversmiths Lend Helping Hand in Fire Crisis

By:Kyle Relf | June 10, 2021

SHERRILL, N.Y. - The Sherrill community applauds the selflessness of three Silversmiths, who helped the Sherrill-Kenwood Volunteer Fire Department fight a house fire on the afternoon of Monday, June 7th. Brad Keefe (Fitchburg State College), Simeon Downing (Whitman College), and Josh Bein (Swarthmore College) were taking some extra batting practice before heading to Cortland for the season opener when they noticed a detached garage adjacent to Noyes Park had caught fire.

Bein, along with City of Sherrill Parks and Recreation Director Barry VanDreason, used a nearby garden hose in an attempt to quell the flames. Keefe and Downing found additional hoses to help prevent the fire from spreading. It was under control following the arrival of the Sherrill-Kenwood Volunteer Fire Department. There were no injuries. 

“The selfless efforts of these individuals to actively take action and attempt to assist the residents of Sherrill in a time of crisis is greatly appreciated,” said Fire Chief Andrew Bennett. “Their willingness to help and courageous actions are a true inspiration,” added Robert Drake, Sherrill Police Chief. 

Sherrill City Manager Brandon Lovett is impressed with the young men and their willingness to lend a hand. "The leadership and selflessness that these young men displayed in a time of need are a testament to the coaching, teaching and upbringing they’ve received in their respective communities," he said. "The City of Sherrill is excited and pleased that these individuals and their fellow teammates are spending the summer in our community."

Bringing high-character individuals to Sherrill is a proud tradition of the Silversmiths, and one that's certainly been carried on this summer. "Having briefly met most of the team last week, I got the feeling that the Silversmiths organization got it right again this season and invited a well-rounded group of young men to represent themselves, their schools/teams and the City of Sherrill in the NYCBL this summer," Lovett offered. 

Keefe and Downing would go on to pitch at Cortland later that night, while Bein tallied a hit and scored one of the Silversmiths’ two runs. 

The Silversmiths organization is immensely proud of the efforts of the three players and their willingness to help the Sherrill community in a time of crisis. 


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The Sherrill Silversmiths are a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Organization taking part in the NYCBL, a league funded in part by Major League Baseball and sanctioned by the NCAA. Each summer the Silversmiths and the Sherrill Community welcome baseball players from colleges and universities across the country to aid them in their development. The Silversmiths have had 7 former players move on to play professionally, 4 players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, and currently have 4 former players playing in Minor League Baseball.

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