For Release: 08/24/2020

WPS Foundation awards $50,000 to everyday heroes through Rewarding Responders Grant

Grant to assist 27 agencies with enhancing community safety

Green Bay — The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation is supporting first responders who keep their communities safe every day. The foundation is providing a total of $50,000 through its Rewarding Responders Grant to 27 emergency response agencies throughout its service area.

Some of the agencies receiving grants this year include:

  • De Pere Fire Rescue Department — New water rescue suits.
  • Menominee Police Department — A vehicle transport system for the department's first K-9 officer.
  • Merrill Fire Department — Versatile protective clothing for firefighters during rescue operations.
  • Tomahawk Fire Department — New automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
  • Town of Wilson/Black River Fire Department — A multi-gas detection meter to alert firefighters to the presence of hazardous gases.

"Our rescue swimmers provide crucial aid during water rescue emergencies, as they allow us to effectively reach people in distress and better control the emergency," said De Pere Fire Rescue Chief Alan Matzke. "Our heartfelt thanks go to the WPS Foundation for its generous donation."

"Thanks to the generosity of the WPS Foundation, we are now better prepared to care for an individual in sudden cardiac arrest," said Robert Caylor, firefighter/paramedic — Tomahawk Fire Department. "Having seen firsthand how early defibrillation can save someone’s life, this is truly lifesaving equipment."

Grant reaches safety milestone this year

The WPS Foundation has donated more than $350,000 in Rewarding Responders Grants to 200 agencies since 2014. These grants help to strengthen public safety in the communities WPS serves.

To be eligible for the grant, emergency response agencies must operate in the WPS electric or natural gas service area, and must demonstrate the equipment or training they will acquire is part of a well-planned effort to improve public safety. Grants also may be used to fund safety-related projects that are unique, one-time efforts.

See a complete list of this year's grant recipients here. More information about the grant is available.

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