DeWitt Fire and Rescue receives $48,000 grant

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The DeWitt Fire and and Rescue team received a $48,000 grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation, which donates to military veterans and first responders this past June. They used the money to update the ambulance cot in their emergency vehicle to an electric cot. The department also received new tires for its grass rig vehicles, completely unexpected and also from the Gary Sinise Foundation. “In small towns, you’re often short a person on a call and now it only takes one person to load the cot,” assistant fire chief Tim Garrison said. Department members were trained both by the factory that created the cot and its loading system as well as completed in-house training for the updated device. Pictured from left are: (front row) Jami Thornburg and Jami Hermsmeier; (second row) Anna Gronenthal, Tim Garrison, Shaun Taylor, Jonathan Potter (on cot) and Bryce Hermsmeier; (third row) Tyler Pieper, Dale Seachord, Cameron Brown, Tony Martinez, Doug Stokebrand and Travis Rahe. 

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