Valatie nursing home resident gets to drive WW2 tank

Channel Six was there today in Greenville, and has this video:



WHAT: A dream come true for George Fink, a resident at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell — the chance to drive a vintage World War II tank!


WHERE: Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course, 352 Sunny Hill Road, Greenville, N.Y.


-George Fink, a resident at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell in Valatie


The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell, a 236-bed skilled nursing facility in Valatie, N.Y. that provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, recently asked residents to discuss some of their wildest bucket list items.

For George Fink, 91, of Selkirk, the thrill of getting behind the controls of an armored tank was something he always dreamed of experiencing during his lifetime. George joined the army at 18. He enjoyed serving in the military and traveled to Germany and France where he worked as a truck driver delivering tanks and other machines in need of repair.

Staff at The Grand at Barnwell made some calls and found Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course in Greenville, which owns a fleet of military vehicles, including a WWII tank; 6 x 6 cargo truck; Jeep; Humvee; and, Gama Goat, a six-wheel drive semi-amphibious off-road vehicle originally developed for use by the US military in the Vietnam War.

On Wednesday morning, George will climb aboard a WWII half-track with an anti-aircraft turret and a 50 caliber quad (see attached photo) and rumble around the Sunny Hill grounds in the picturesque Catskill Mountains.

“When George made this request we thought it was extremely unusual,” said Bridget Delcoure, recreation director, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell. “We like to make our residents’ wishes come true and did some research and discovered this opportunity. The kind folks at Sunny Hill graciously offered to donate their tank free of change to create this special moment. This opportunity gives George a chance to challenge himself and drive a vehicle that’s about as far removed from a day-to-day car as you can get!”

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