QUIMBY - In the brutal duty of fire service even the toughest equipment must be maintained and periodically replaced to ensure firefighters stay safe while using it. The Quimby Fire Department recently received some help keeping up its wardrobe and hardware thanks to a local farmer and America's Farmers Grow Communities.
Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Rick Fassler was the winning farmer in Cherokee County. He chose the Quimby Fire Department to support a critical public service.
"In a small town your fire department is very important to the community," Fassler said. "We all owe a lot to firefighters and it's important to show our appreciation."
The Quimby fire department will use the $2,500 to purchase basic equipment including protective gear, a hose and nozel.
"We have two firefighters who need pants and jackets, so that's the first purchase," said Willis Allbaugh, Quimby Fire Chief. "We're also going to purchase hose parts to help make sure we can always reach the fire."
In a ceremony held recently at the Quimby Fire Station, Fassler got the chance to present the fire department with the $2,500 donation.
"The Monsanto Fund has put on a great program that offers an opportunity to give to your community and benefits many communities across the country," Fassler said.
Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Cherokee. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.
Through America's Farmers Grow Communities:
*Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.
*The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.
*More than $742,500 in total has been donated to nonprofits in Iowa.
*A list of all winners and more information can be found at www.growcommunities.com