Six wooden crates full of donated supplies left St. Johnsbury Tuesday afternoon bound for Ukraine, concluding a local effort launched by a West Burke volunteer firefighter to support the war-torn country. Taylor Peyton, who has been with the West Burke department for about a year, and Steve Parker, assistant chief at the West Burke department, helped load the crates onto a tractor-trailer headed for New Jersey where they will be received by a Ukrainian company responsible for getting the supplies to Ukraine. The crates, what’s in them, where they were housed and how they got to New Jersey is all about local generosity that grew from Peyton’s desire to do something in regard to the Russian attack on Ukraine. He said watching the news coverage of the invasion caused him to appreciate the resolve of the people and he wished there was something he could do. As he watched the coverage, Peyton said, it seemed like every report had something in the background he could relate to… firefighters at work. Short of being there himself to lend a hand, Peyton said, he thought they probably could use some more gear. As often as firefighters in Ukraine are being called upon to suit up, extra gear would benefit them, he said. From there, support was sought from other departments and several responded with gear. Peyton figured there were probably more than 70 full sets of turnout gear in the crates. In addition to the departments – West Burke, East Burke, Sutton, Lyndonville and Newport – many private donations were received, along with medical supplies from NVRH.