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Donation yields fire department $2,500 PDF Print E-mail


By Tim Linscott
Managing Editor
For the second time in two years the Perkins County Volunteer Fire Department are the benefactors of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation.
Last year the department received $2,500 from the same program and purchased new helmets.
This year Loren Jessen of Chase County was selected as the winner in Chase County and donated the funds to the fire department.
The funds will go toward upgrading rope rescue (grain bin rescue) equipment.
“I can’t say enough how appreciative we are of this donation,” said Don Softley, Grant Volunteer Fire Department Chief. “We are appreciative that people are willing to help the department in its ability to perform and to do what is necessary in an emergency scene.”
Shawn Tjaden of Asgrow/Dekalb was on hand on Monday, March 24 to present Softley and other fire department members with the funds.
Chod Briggs, representative for the Jessen family was on hand for the check presentation.
America’s  Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities. The program encourages farmers to enter to win $2,500, which is then directed to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice.
The program includes 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states.