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Town Pump Charitable Foundation benefits area first responders

by WILL LANGHORNE
The Western News | July 20, 2021 7:00 AM

As part of an effort to support first responders in rural communities across the state, the Town Pump Charitable Foundation gave $43,200 to Lincoln County law enforcement agencies and volunteer ambulance and fire crews earlier this month.

The foundation awarded $15,000 to Libby Volunteer Ambulance to help buy a LifePak monitor, according to a press release from Town Pump Inc. The gear would aid ambulance crews in monitoring blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide levels. It also serves as a defibrillator and a pacemaker.

Fisher River Valley Fire Service received $15,000 to help pay for power cots to be used in two ambulances.

An award of $8,200 went to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for reserve deputy bulletproof vests and body cameras.

The City of Troy received $5,000 for the purchase of turnout gear for its volunteer firefighters. Mayor Dallas Carr said the fire department was in desperate need of new turnouts when Town Pump representatives handed over the check on July 15.

“Somebody came up to me and said one pant leg was longer than the other and the elbow got ripped out,” said Carr. “I’m going: ‘This is what you go into the fires with?’”

Bill McGladdery, director of corporate communications, said Town Pump Inc. was committed to giving back to local communities, even those where the company lacks an outpost.

Plans for a new Town Pump station in Troy are moving forward and a detailed layout of the store will soon be available, according to McGladdery. Construction bids for the project are due Aug. 10 and McGladdery expected workers to break ground soon after.

“Hopefully, by this time next year it’s done,” said McGladdery.