Rotary donates 500 face shields to Goodyear, Avondale fire departments


After evaluating the need and availability of personal protective equipment for local first responders, Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek invested in supplies to make 500 protective face shields for the Goodyear and Avondale Fire Departments.

“Our first responders are out in the field every day responding to calls and putting themselves at risk to exposure of the virus. This is our way of helping and saying thank you,” Rotary President Charlie Miller stated in a news release.

Face shields protect the eyes, nose and mouth by providing a solid barrier against droplets, and both departments were in need of them, the release stated.

“We were running critically low on face shields. We just couldn’t get them from our vendors anymore,” Goodyear Fire Chief Paul Luizzi stated in the release. “This generous gift has been a godsend. We often run calls with Avondale, and now we all have the equipment necessary to do our job.”

“The Goodyear PebbleCreek Rotary is always looking for ways to improve the lives of children and families in the Southwest Valley. As Rotarians, our job is to take care of the needs of our communities and find ways to help,” Mr. Miller stated.

Community members and local businesses interested in learning more about Rotary or who want to become involved are always welcome. The club meets at 7 a.m. Wednesdays via videoconference to observe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing.

For more information, email President-Elect Joan Smith at or call 503-348-9468.