Graue Chevrolet and Lincoln Fire Dept. to host 'Help a Hero' test
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[October 11, 2013]
This Saturday, Graue Chevrolet
will bring some of its quality vehicles downtown to the Lincoln fire
station for a fundraiser to benefit that city department. The event
will run from 10 a.m. to noon. With each test drive, the Lincoln
Fire Department will receive a donation of $20.
Department Chief Mark Miller spoke about this Monday evening at the
Lincoln City Council meeting, saying he greatly appreciated Graue's
commitment to serve the local community.
Thursday morning Miller
said recent changes in government rules dictate how long a
firefighter can use the same helmet, hood and gloves. Because of
this, the department needs to start replacing these items for its
personnel. Miller said helmets cost $250 each, hoods $30 each and
the protective gloves $70 per pair.
The city recently won a $1,000 grant from Illinois American
Water, and the money will be used for purchasing some of this gear,
but will fall way short of the need. Miller said that with the
$1,000, he will still need an additional $400 just to buy the
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Budget constraints over the past few years for the city of
Lincoln have made it difficult for the fire department to add items
such as these to its annual expenditures. Therefore, Miller said the
fundraiser is very important to the safety of the firefighters and
their ability to effectively do their job when an emergency arises.
He is hopeful there will be a good turnout Saturday, and he said
every drive taken will be greatly appreciated by the department and
the city as a whole.
[By NILA SMITH]